Drip Irrigation - The Wrong Choice Newsletter
DRIP IRRIGATION - THE WRONG CHOICE
Q: Not a fan of drip irrigation? Why? I am confused. I was under the impression that it was the most efficient watering method.
A: In my opinion, drip irrigation works in one situation – row crops where there are emitters at the bases of plants. Even there the system isn’t perfect. You can’t see where the water is going and the maintenance is high. Water seeks the path of least resistance and it’s impossible to avoid dry spots and supersaturated spots. Rodents love to eat holes in the tapes and tubes. Again – wet spots and dry spots. In landscape, especially in groundcover beds, drip is a poor choice at best, and a disaster in most cases. The photos show an all too common result.
Two separate projects where groundcover is a complete failure under drip irrigation.
Several cities are now dictating the use of drip irrigation. These policies should be changed. An alternate policy of requiring organic landscape management would save a great deal of water – 40 - 50%. It would also reduce air, soil and water pollution. Landscape projects would also look better and be easier to maintain. Click here for some information on on how to cut your water use in half.
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