The Dos And Don'ts Of Using Drip Irrigation For Your Home's Landscaping

Posted on: 21 January 2015

Having a drip irrigation system installed on your property can be a great way to keep your landscaping healthy without having to go through the hassle of watering each individual plant, tree, and shrub yourself. Whether you're considering having such a system installed or have recently moved into a home with an existing drip irrigation system, there are some things you'll need to know in order to get the most out of the system itself.

DO Increase Irrigation When Temperatures Rise

Start by locating the operation manual for your drip irrigation service system and familiarize yourself with its controls so you know how to set new irrigation schedules as needed.

The hotter the temperatures in your area, the more irrigation your landscaping will need. Therefore, you'll need to keep an eye on the weather forecast and edit your drip irrigation system's schedules to keep up with rising temperatures, especially during the summer and times of drought. On the other hand, during times of heavy rain, you may need to reduce your drip irrigation to below an inch per day to avoid drowning your plants.

DO Apply New Mulch as Needed

Understand that, in order to make the most out of your home's drip irrigation system, you'll need to ensure that your plants, trees, and shrubs are all properly mulched throughout the year. This will ensure maximum absorption of water from the irrigation system itself. For proper absorption, you should make sure your plants have between three and four inches of mulch surrounding them at all times. To prevent mulch from getting too compacted and cutting off water flow to your plants, you may also want to take the time to break up the mulch every few months using a metal rake.

DON'T Schedule Irrigation for Mid-Day

Finally, make sure your drip irrigation is scheduled for early in the morning or even later in the evening--not during the middle of the day. Scheduling irrigation for the middle of the day is a bad idea because the water will often become evaporated by the sun's rays before it really has a chance to be absorbed into the soil. By setting your irrigation schedule for the early morning, you can ensure that your plants get the water they need before the sun is high in the sky. From there, your plants will be healthier and you'll get the most out of your water supply.