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The Low-Down on Drip Irrigation from Keane Landscaping, the Best of Highland Park Landscaping Companies

September 2nd, 2016  |  Published in Irrigation & Sprinklers

As anyone who lives in Texas knows, keeping your lawn and garden watered can be a challenge. Between soaring summer temperatures and water restrictions, not to mention the expense, a green lawn and flourishing garden can be hard to come by.

If you’re struggling to keep your grass green and your flowers watered, and are tired of the high water bills, you could benefit from drip irrigation. A properly functioning irrigation system is critical to the health and maintenance of your landscape and essential in securing the investment you’ve made in your property, which is why you should count on only the best of Highland Park landscaping companies, Keane Landscaping.

What is drip irrigation?

Drip irrigation — also known as trickle irrigation, micro irrigation or localized irrigation — is an irrigation method that delivers water directly to the root of a plant, allowing it to slowly seep into the soil. Drip irrigation gives the soil more opportunity to fully absorb water and hold it for plants. With a drip irrigation system, water is not lost through surface runoff or evaporation. Because water is delivered directly to the root of the plants, less water is wasted on weeds.

How does drip irrigation work?

The simplest drip irrigation systems use soaker hoses. These hoses release small amounts of water over their entire length, rather than concentrating the water flow out of one exit point at the end of the hose. Once positioned on the soil you wish to water, the hose is connected to the water supply. The hoses can be moved from one location to another, or left in place. More sophisticated drip irrigation systems create a low-pressure flow of water through a series of hoses or pipes, delivering the water to precise locations and specific plants. Some systems use drip tape, which are flattened plastic hoses with a number of holes at various locations.

What are the benefits?

There are numerous reasons you should consider investing in a drip irrigation system. First, drip irrigation conserves our precious water resources. Studies show that a well-designed drip system can decrease water usage by as much as 50 percent. A decrease in water usage will have a direct impact on your monthly water bill.

Drip irrigation helps to ensure your landscape gets the necessary water it needs, while meeting your district’s water restriction ordinances. With a drip irrigation system, you can improve the growth of your plants because a smaller amount of water over a longer period of time promotes growth more effectively than a large amount over a shorter period of time.

Drip irrigation can also save you time and effort. Drip systems can be put on a timer so all you have to do is set the system to water when you want it to. The system will automatically turn on/off at the designated time. Drip irrigation doesn’t require you to move sprinklers and hoses from one location to another. The system is installed throughout your landscape, keeping your entire lawn and garden green and growing.

Drip irrigation doesn’t waste water on weeds. In fact, a drip irrigation system will hinder the growth of weeds because water is going directly into the roots of plants, keeping the surface soil between plants drier. Drip irrigation also discourages the growth of fungal diseases, growth of which is often facilitated by wet foliage from surface runoff.

Are you interested in learning more about drip irrigation? Keane Landscaping installs drip irrigation systems for Dallas landscapes and can perform an irrigation check-up on your current irrigation system to ensure no water is being lost. Contact Keane Landscaping, the best of Highland Park landscaping companies, today to learn more.

           

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