Organic Solutions is a landscaping, lawn care, lawn mowing, organic lawn fertilizer, tree service, and sprinkler company that serves Boise, Meridian, Eagle, Nampa, and the Treasure Valley.
Wednesday, July 5, 2017
Drip Irrigation systems for conserving water in Boise, Meridian, Eagle, Nampa, Idaho
Irrigation water is an extremely
important resource in Idaho.In the
treasure valley, not only do the farmers rely on irrigation for their crops,
but many residential neighborhoods use it to water their lawns and
gardens.Access to irrigation water can
be limited by drought and as demand grows with an ever increasing population,
water conservation is becoming a hot topic in our area.
At Organic Solutions! Inc., we are
always looking for ways to offer the best services and products that are also
environmentally responsible. One of the
ways in which we help homeowners have a beautiful yard and conserve water at
the same time is by installing Drip Irrigation lines.
Drip irrigation (also known as
trickle irrigation) is a form of irrigation that allows water to drip slowly to
the roots of plants. Drip irrigation was
commercialized by Israeli engineers in the 1950’ as a way to deliver water directly
to the plant and eliminate waste through evaporation. Compared to other types of irrigation
(sprinkler or flood/furrow irrigation), only the immediate root zone of each
plant receives water.
Here are some of the benefits of a
Drip irrigation system:
Efficiency – water goes right to the roots
which means less run-off and evaporation
Versatility – Drip irrigation systems can be
adapted to any landscape. A drip system
can be installed for containers on balconies, in rows in large garden beds, on
sloped areas where other forms of irrigation are difficult, and flexible enough
for an odd shaped lot or garden bed.
Savings – You can save up to 50% of your annual water bill
as compared to other forms of irrigation.
In comparison you can also save money on the energy it takes to run the
Conservation – not only do you save water with
drip irrigation but you also conserve soil by limiting loss to erosion.
Reduces pests and weeds – Drip systems reduce pests,
weeds, and fungal growth that are promoted by surface water or by wet foliage.
Drip systems operate quietly which
is both a pro and a con.The
disadvantage to a quieter operation is that you can’t tell by sound if it is
operating like it should.One of the
main problems with drip systems is that the emitters can easily become clogged,
especially if using untreated water.Filtration is needed to help keep the lines free from blockages.
A drip system isn’t your best
choice for a large lawn area but can be used in conjunction with a standard
sprinkler system. For a large or
irregularly shaped yard, you can water the main area with standard sprinklers
and then use drip emitters around the edges and drip lines in the garden
beds. With today’s timers you can easily
regulate the amount of water that each section receives.
A properly installed drip
irrigation system will save you money and help the environment. It will also provide your plants with the
water they need, right where they need it most.
If you would like information on installing a drip irrigation system,
give us a call, 208-884-8986, or contact us by email, firstname.lastname@example.org.