Q: Do I really need irrigation for my home garden?
A: The most compelling reason to use any type of irrigation system is to provide an assured, continuous supply of the most vial requirement for plant growth – WATER. Drought stress for even decidedly short periods of time like a week or even just a few days can dramatically affect the yield and quality of your garden at harvest. A reliable, efficient irrigation system protects the substantial amount of time and money you have invested in your landscape and garden projects, so yes, we believe it is absolutely essential to use an irrigation system for your home garden.
Q:What type of irrigation system is best for my needs?
A:There are two primary considerations in determining the best type of irrigation system to use for any garden: uniformity of water delivery, and control over the quantity of water being delivery. In fact, it is often just as stressful and damaging to your plants to “overwater” as it is to “underwater”. In our experience, drip irrigation systems are far more effective and economical in addressing these issues than by other methods (sprinkler, flood, etc).
Q:What are the different types of drip irrigation systems on the market?
A:1) EMITTER: These systems deliver water through non-porous plastic tubing to evenly spaced emitters or “drippers”. These emitters are fairly easy to install but require frequent maintenance to adjust flow and unplug. The initial investment is also quite significant, as is the ongoing operational expense of supplying filtered, chlorinated water.
2) DRIP TAPE: This collapsible, black plastic film tubing has emitter holes spaced 8-12″ apart. Pressure and flow rates are reduced through sealed chambers which tend to plug even when using filtered and chlorinated water. The initial cost of the tubing is relatively low, but generally has a short life-span riddled with clogging issues.
3) POROUS RUBBER HOSE: Made of scrap rubber tires, this product emits water through small perforations in the hose wall. It suffers from non-uniformity of water distribution, short product life due to rotting and clogging, and is considerably more costly than alternative products.