What Is the Difference Between Drip Irrigation & Sprinkler Systems?


Every yard has its own requirements when it comes to water and irrigation. Some need a drip system, some need a sprinkler system, and some need both. What does your landscaping need? Let’s take a look at the difference between the two and where each works best.

Drip Irrigation

A drip irrigation system is what it sounds like – it allows water to drip instead of spray. Water comes out of the line slowly to provide the right amount of irrigation to different types of landscaping. The lines run either on the ground near the landscaping or under the soil. The benefits of a drip system include the ability to focus water on particular trees, shrubs, flowers, and plants, so water gets to the roots. Using this type of irrigation helps you manage how much water different areas of your yard get and avoid evaporation from spray sprinklers.

Sprinkler Systems

Sprinkler systems are the most common type of residential and commercial irrigation. Watering with above-ground sprinklers helps you cover a lot of ground with a lot of water in a short amount of time. Unlike drip systems, sprinklers spray water out and over the landscaping. The benefits include automatic watering, so you don’t have to drag hoses, the ability to set programming to water when you want, and watering the right amount for your yard.

Some landscaping only needs a sprinkler system to thrive, while some need a drip system to keep the roots irrigated, and some do best with a combination of the two. To find out what would offer the biggest benefit to your yard and garden, talk to the pros at W.P. Law, Inc. about installing an irrigation system to keep your landscaping looking great.

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