Drip irrigation was developed in Israel some 40 years ago. Bringing the desert to life requires careful selection of plant varieties and conservative water usage. Using this method you can save a lot on money on watering your garden. Minimize fungus and weed problems. You are delivering your available water directly to Only the plants you want watered.
Water is applied at the plants base root zone at a slow rate maximizing water conservation by limiting water loss in run off and evaporation. Only the root zone is watered so you can deep water and go longer before your plants need another soaking saving time and water. Deep Mulching between rows does double duty. The mulch helps control unwanted weeds and helps conserve soil moisture and keeps the soil temperature much lower during the hot dry days of summer. Till under your mulch in the Fall to improve your garden and orchard soil.
Commonly drippers are rated from 0.50 to 2 gallons per hour. Bigger is not always better. Applying water at 0.50 GPH allows for deeper watering in a smaller area than applying 2 GPH for the same amount of time.
The Colorado State University Extension has a website that contains a great deal of information on drip irrigation systems CSU Drip Irrigation
University of Nebraska Drip Irrigation Fact Sheet
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