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Slow Drip Irrigation: As Easy as 1-2-3

by Shannon Lee, All About Lawns Columnist

Slow drip irrigation has been in use for hundreds of years. It's easy to do and relatively inexpensive, but the best advantage comes from the efficiency: Slow drip irrigation gets the water right to where it is needed, with a minimum of evaporation.

The Basics of Slow Drip Irrigation

Consider these points when thinking about drip irrigation:

  • Look at your water sources. How much water do you need? Drip irrigation for a large backyard garden might require more than hooking into a single faucet on the other side of the house. But for smaller areas, drip irrigation can be easily accomplished with manual watering systems you refill every few days.
  • Consider the water pressure. Keeping a continuous water pressure is crucial to the success of your irrigation systems. Establish how much water flows through your outdoor faucets, and then plan your pipe size accordingly in order to reach all areas of your lawn or garden. This might require the help of a lawn service expert!
  • Start small. Test your drip irrigation plans with a small area first, then move into larger areas of your lawn or garden. Once you know the smaller area is working properly, then you can leap into the larger part of your watering project.
  • Don't get overwhelmed! Take your time in understanding how drip irrigation works. Though there are many parts involved in a substantial system, the basic principles of water pressure and movement always apply.

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Whether you need a large system that covers vast areas of your lawn, or simply require a small bit of watering for flowers around your porch, drip irrigation is the ultimate way to make watering easier.

About the Author
Shannon Dauphin is a freelance writer based near Nashville, Tennessee. Her house was built in 1901, so home repair and renovation have become her hobbies.

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