Drip Irrigation System or Sprinkler System?Posted on April 17, 2018
One of the easiest and most cost-effective ways to maintain a healthy garden or lawn is with a water irrigation system. A water irrigation system eliminates the burden of hand-watering and gives property owners environmental, financial, and aesthetic benefits. Two popular residential irrigation systems are drip irrigation and sprinkler irrigation. Both methods offer unique benefits when it comes to delivering just the right amount of water to plants and lawns. Here are some of the advantages of drip irrigation and sprinkler irrigation systems.
Drip irrigation is a type of micro-irrigation, meaning it is an irrigation method with lower pressure and flow than a traditional sprinkler system. Drip irrigation delivers a localized, low-volume flow of water directly to the intended target through a network of emitters, pipes, tubes, and valves. The target may include the base of a plant, the soil surface, or the root zone. Drip irrigation is often used in agriculture, horticulture, and landscaping.
What Are The Advantages Of Drip Irrigation?
Drip irrigation has the potential to save water and minimize fertilizer and nutrient loss. By steadily delivering or “dripping” water directly to the target, drip irrigation minimizes evaporation. It can be far more efficient than other methods of irrigation. Here are a few more advantages of drip irrigation:
Provides uniform water distribution.
Decreases the prevalence of weeds.
Reduces soil erosion.
Allows foliage to remain dry, reducing the risk of disease.
Lowers energy costs.
Sprinkler Irrigation System
Sprinkler irrigation is a method of distributing water similar to natural rainfall. Water moves through a system of pipes and is then sprayed into the air through pressure-regulated sprinkler heads. The sprinkler heads break the water up into smaller water drops that fall to the ground.
What Are The Advantages Of Sprinkler Systems?
Sprinkler irrigation is a common method for watering large or expansive areas, such as lawns. Sprinkler irrigation, however, can be less efficient than drip irrigation, since sprinkler systems are designed to use large volumes of water indiscriminately. Here are some advantages of sprinkler irrigation:
Provides larger volumes of water to supplement minimal natural rainfall.
Delivers uniform water distribution.
Can be automated and programmed to operate at certain times of the day.
Spray patterns can be customized.
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