Drip irrigation systems for your garden are extremely popular for Austin-area home owners.
Using drip irrigation helps minimize fertilizer and nutrient loss due to localized applications and reduced leaching. Using other sources of irrigation often lead to runoff and soil erosion, but drip irrigation can help avoid unnecessary soil erosion. Soil erosion can lead to many other problems, if not properly taken care of.
The advantages of drip irrigation are:
- Minimized fertilizer/nutrient loss due to localized application and reduced leaching.
- High water application efficiency.
- Ability to irrigate irregular shaped fields.
- Allows safe use of recycled water.
- Moisture within the root zone can be more regularly maintained
- Minimized soil erosion.
- Highly uniform distribution of water i.e., controlled by output of each nozzle.
- Lower labor cost.
- Variation in supply can be regulated by regulating the valves and drippers.
- Foliage remains dry thus reducing the risk of disease.
- Drip Irrigation systems are operated at lower pressure than other types of pressurized irrigation, reducing energy cost.