Gardening During a Drought – Drip Irrigation

The California drought is expected to continue, possibly intensify, well into the spring and summer season. As these conditions worsen, there are plenty of ways to conserve water around your home. Working with a low water supply or water conservation mandates does not mean your gardens have to suffer and turn brown. Wind up those hoses and invest in drip irrigation – your plants will thank you!

Drip irrigation systems provide water and nutrients directly to the roots of your plants, resulting in effective delivery to the places it’s most needed. By delivering the water directly to the root zone, your garden will show more foliage, flowers, and fruit or vegetable production. This method of irrigation also reduces the fungal diseases and pests that can be spread by water movement. Weeds are also less likely to grow, as their chances to germinate and grow are decreased.

Another benefit of drip irrigation is that less water is needed and less water is lost due to evaporation from sun or wind before it can be absorbed into the soil. Studies on drip irrigation show up to 60% more efficiency than standard garden sprinkler systems. With less runoff and water waste, the water used to maintain your outdoor spaces can be significantly decreased, which is essential in times of dry weather and drought.

Worried about the cost of installation, hiring a landscaper, and weeding through all that nonsense? Don’t be! Drip irrigation systems are easy to install, no special tools or tricks necessary. They can be conveniently installed on all kinds of terrains or in odd-shaped spaces. If you want some tips for installation or recommendations on products best for your yard, you can find the answers at Friedman’s, of course! Our employees can offer tips and advice for installing your own irrigation systems.

Any type of garden space, including pots and greenhouses, can benefit from drip irrigation. Imagine a bigger vegetable harvest for a bright summer salad alongside a vase of colorful flowers on the kitchen table, all from your water-conserving gardens!

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