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Drip Irrigation is the Best Money Saving Watering System. Buy Drip and Sprinkler Kit Online.

Updated on February 3, 2015

Early forms of drip irrigation- clay pots

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Drip Irrigation is used in Israel more than anywhere else

I saw an example of drip irrigation for the firs time when we moved to Israel in 1991. Thin plastic pipes on the ground around the trees and bushes caught my attention immediately. Conserving water and using it efficiently makes special sense in Israel, as Israel’s main source of pure water is winter rain season when rainwater is gathered in Lake Kinneret (The Sea of Galilee, also Lake of Gennesaret) and then used in dry summer season. Agricultural drip irrigation was first developed in Israel, now it is used in USA and other countries widely.

The drip irrigation method is the most advanced and effective irrigation system available, because it provides precise and accurate watering and conserves more water than any other system.

Drip irrigation was invented long ago by ancient people; they were using clay pots with tiny holes which allowed slow release of water into the soil at an equal rate. We presume that later clay “holy” pots were advanced into clay pipes that could direct water to larger areas.

Basically, drip irrigation is the slow application of water directly to the plants' root zone. With drip irrigation water is not wasted on non-growth areas and the plant root zone is maintained at its ideal moisture level.

In 20th century the drip irrigation method received the most attention and was applies in many areas with new technologies. Plastic pipes allowed flexibility, pumps provided direction of water, backwash stoppers prevented water from changing direction, filters kept the system free of debris.

From field usage the drip irrigation method came to small gardens and even porch gardens owners. Now anyone can utilize drip irrigation method to meet their needs.

Different irrigation systems

Surface irrigation is the simplest watering method of moistening the whole area and the wastage of water is immense. Also very often surface irrigation does not provide deep moistening of soil.

Sprinkler irrigation is another method, which is much more economical that surface irrigation, as the water is used more conservatively. Water is distributed to the areas by sprinkling water with high pressure through sprinklers and water guns. But a sprinkler system allows plants to absorb only 40-75% of the water applied

The main advantage of the drip irrigation system is that it allows precise watering of the area and it targets the plants’ roots rather than watering big areas of soil. The drip irrigation system conserves lots of water, because it allows only certain amounts of water to be released. The drip irrigation delivers around 90% of the water directly to the plant.


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Advantages and benefits of drip irrigation method.

  • Water Conservation- water is supplied exactly where it is needed - at the very roots of the plants. Water is not wasted on evaporation and run off
  • Reduce Weed Growth - drip irrigation applies water to the root zone of the plants, the spaces between plants remain dry. This inhibits weed seed germination. If the soil remains dry, most weeds will not grow
  • Reduce Plant Stress - When plants get deep, consistent watering, they thrive better. Inefficient, shallow watering contributes to plant stress. 
  • Flexible Application - this versatile watering system can be easily be installed on different terrains, even on oddly shaped landscapes and windy areas. 
  • Save Money - you will save lots of money using less water for irrigation. If you are using your own well water, your pumping costs will go sown. With an irrigation time controller you can take days off without need to pay someone to take care of your plants.  

Explaining How drip irrigation system works, all you should know.

Do it yourself easily

Setting up a watering system for your yard can be a somewhat daunting task.

However, a complete kit for getting you started on your very own irrigation system will help anyone.

Just layout a watering system according to the included instructions, and once everything is attached and in place, you simply connect a standard garden hose and turn on the water.

The Drip Irrigation Kit makes installation and maintenance a breeze, so that watering the garden, potted plants, shrubs and trees is no longer a chore, its fun. Not only is it enjoyable, but using a drip irrigation system also reduces water usage by up to 70% over traditional sprinklers by focusing water directly to the roots.

With the included equipment and detailed instructions, you are sure to make a great system that will let you sit back and watch your yard flourish.

Take car of your drip irrigation system

To have your drip irrigation system serve you efficiently for ever, you should always filter a drip irrigation system and periodically clean the screen.

Drip irrigation filters prevent emitters from clogging.

Filters remove sediment and other particles big enough to clog the emitters of a drip irrigation system.

The higher the mesh (M) number, the finer the screen. Normal screen size for drip irrigation filters are 120-150 mesh, while T-tape and misters require 200 mesh filtering.

Consider buying additional filters for your drip irrigation system, take care of your investment.

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    • ReuVera profile imageAUTHOR

      ReuVera 

      8 years ago from USA

      Alison, thank you for sharing the life experience. Plants thrive much better with drip irrigation.

      Climate in Israel is very hot, almost Africa, haha. But Israel is an amazingly green country, due to drip irrigation method. They have two crops a year for some species.

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      Alison Graham 

      8 years ago from UK

      Hi, thanks for an interesting article. I have to say that this is the first year we have used this system for our tomatoes and we have the best crop ever because the plants have been watered consistently. We have the system set on a timer so it just carries on watering if we are away and the results are better than I could have hoped for.

    • ReuVera profile imageAUTHOR

      ReuVera 

      8 years ago from USA

      Thank you, Dame for your nice words. Israel even recycles sewage waters, by cleaning them and using for fields irrigation. Nothing to say about utilizing solar energy.

    • Dame Scribe profile image

      Dame Scribe 

      8 years ago from Canada

      I quite enjoy how Israel has learned to adapt to their environment to make it 'home' not just for themselves but their future. Awesome article! :)

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