Do you have tree or vine crops? Do you own agricultural land in an area with large amounts of sunshine? If you answered “yes” to either of these questions, then you should consider using a drip irrigation system to more effectively water your crops.
The Benefits Of Drip Irrigation Systems
Recent studies show that a properly designed drip system can use between 30 – 50 percent less water than traditional watering methods, such as sprinklers. The reason that a drip irrigation system is so effective is that it delivers water directly to the plant’s root zone. This slow delivery allows the plants to absorb the water one drop at a time, which reduces runoff and evaporation. In addition to the roots absorbing the precious water, the soil surrounding the roots is gradually soaked, so that the plants can acquire more water as they need it throughout the day.
One of the final benefits of a drip irrigation system is that leafy plants are not at risk for burning. The sun is more likely to burn crops when traditional watering methods are used on leafy plants. For example, if a sprinkler is used to water grape vines, then the water could sit on the leaves during the hottest part of the day. If that occurs, then the fragile grape leaves can shrivel and turn brown in the scorching sun. A drip irrigation system avoids burning the leaves by dispensing water directly into the root zone and away from the plant’s leaves.
5 Uses For Drip Irrigation Systems
Drip irrigation systems can be used on a wide variety of plants, including:
- Low-growing crops, such as: bell peppers, lettuce, beans, and squash;
- Grape vines, olive trees, and orchards on irregular landscapes;
- Fruits, including: blackberries, strawberries, and blueberries;
- Staple crops, such as cotton;
- Crops that grow just below the surface in the soil, such as: potatoes, onions, and carrots.
It’s easy to see that not only do drip irrigation systems have a multitude of benefits, but they also have a wide number of agricultural applications.
Ask The Drip Irrigation Experts
Do you need to pick out a new agricultural watering system? If so, ask the irrigation experts at W.P. Law, Inc. Our team of professionals will help you to answer your specific agricultural irrigation questions. Whether you need help picking out the most efficient drip irrigation system or are interested in learning more about other watering methods, the experts at W.P. Law are here to help. Simply contact us with your specific questions, and we will devise a customized solution to meet your needs.