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Facts on Drip vs Spray Irrigation

Choosing the most effective, resource efficient irrigation system for your lawn and garden has never been more important.

Water conservation is a key issue in many communities so get the facts on drip versus spray irrigation before you decide which one is right for you.

Spray irrigation has traditionally been the more common method for irrigating domestic and municipal gardens and lawns. Conventional spray irrigation systems distribute water very quickly over a broad area, by means of fixed or moving sprinkler devices.

Drip irrigation systems are fast catching on as a far more efficient method of irrigating lawns and gardens. Water is delivered slowly and directly to the roots of the plants and lawn via a hose which is literally full of tiny holes. An intermediate alternative involves using mini-sprinklers and small, fine mist sprayers to increase the humidity around plants which require it.

There are a number of distinct advantages of drip irrigation vs spray irrigation systems, particularly in areas where water conservation is an important issue.

Because drip irrigation systems deliver moisture directly to the roots of plants, there is far less water lost to evaporation and wind drift than with traditional spray irrigation systems, and there is no risk of accidentally watering roads, driveways and pathways.

Also, when water is delivered slowly and steadily to the plants, there is less tendency to over water, less wastage due to water runoff, and less risk of plant disease developing as a result of excess water pooling in the soil and collecting in garden mulch.

Spray irrigation systems which use mini-sprinklers and fine mist spray devices are very effective for creating a moist environment around a larger area, and are more water efficient than conventional spray irrigation systems with jet sprinklers.

For tips on setting up your own system, please read these articles:

How to plan a drip irrigation system for your garden

Setup a drip irrigation system and timer


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