Sprinkler systems are a key way to go green and cut costs while being eco friendly. And with the latest technology, you can become even more green by tracking the water used.
With drip irrigation, you are getting water to plants that are in tough spots that normal irrigation heads cannot reach, such as planter boxes and window boxes. Drip irrigation using plastic tubing to bring water to these areas.
Micro-irrigation is basically a black delivery tube with smaller spray nozzles that you can place wherever you need to irrigate a specific plant or group of bedding plants. When a nozzle gets clogged, you can see it is no longer delivering water where you need it.
Drip irrigation lines often come with pre-installed emitters, spaced from 12 – 36 inches along the poly tube. All emitters act as regulators to control the quantity and rate of water coming out. Although emitters available on today’s market have many common characteristics, they will differ in size and shape. Output rates for emitters range from ½ to 2 gallons per hour, and those with different output rates can even be installed on a single run of tubing. This allows you to compensate for plants with diverse watering needs located in close proximity. There are also emitters available that offer flow rate options – adjustable from a steady drip to a slow stream of water. Which is what makes drip irrigation so important to a properly installed and designed irrigation system. Different plants, trees, and shrubs all need different watering times.
Emitters deliver the right amount of water directly to the roots of the plants. However, it is still necessary to choose the correct emitter to fit your needs. While emitter hoses and miniature sprinkler head systems are more suited for closely spaced plants, drip emitters are best in situations where plants are more widely spaces, or even in separate containers.
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