Drip Irrigation: Get Your Water’s Worth

Drip irrigation delivers water to the root zone of your plants right where they need it and without all the extra spray that causes rampant mold, weeds, work and water waste. (Did we mention water waste?)

With easy-to-use drip tubing and carefully spaced emitters, your landscape beds can be watered at a fraction of the cost of old-school sprinklers, but only if you use it correctly.

For example, despite drip’s efficiency, if you throw it down, turn it on and leave it running every day for the rest of the month, drip can use as much water as any water leak in the house.

  • During Stage 2 drought restrictions, drip irrigation is allowed Mondays and Fridays but only between 5-10 a.m. and 9-12 p.m. Note: Established watersaver plants shouldn’t need more than one deep watering per week – about 45 minutes per drip zone in sun, depending on the design; check with your irrigator for specific run times.
  • Check the system for leaks! Because drip tubing lies on top of the soil, it can easily be repaired whenever fittings come undone.
  • If you are installing drip, get your water’s worth by using tough plants that can withstand the heat. They’ll love the water without being dependent on it for survival.

Remember, drip is meant to promote conservation, not dependency. Get the most from your investment by programming it correctly.

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Brad Wier
Brad Wier is a SAWS conservation planner. Years in South Texas landscaping and public horticulture gave him a lasting enthusiasm for native plants that don’t die when sprinklers -- and gardeners -- break down. He’d rather save time and water for kayaking and tubing. He is a former kilt model, and hears hummingbirds.
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