How to Use Drip Irrigation Correctly

If you live in a home in Tucson that was built within the last 20 years, viagra sale  there’s a good chance that it came with a drip irrigation system for your landscape.  If you don’t think too much about your landscaping, viagra  there’s also a good chance that it could use some  attention.

I grew up in Southern California and we used to hook a sprinkler up to our hose and let it run a few times a week in the spring and summer.  It looked like the one to the right.  It was a lot of fun to run through the sprinkler in your bathing suit in the summer and all the neighborhood kids would gather on each other’s lawns when the sprinkler was on.  That was about the extent of watering where I grew up.  We  were lucky though.  We got plenty of rain and didn’t need to water our lawns and plants often.

Arizona is another story.  We live in the desert and plants depend on water from irrigation in between rains.  And, drip irrigation is the most efficient way to water plants in the desert.  A drip irrigation system can be manual or automatic.  If  it’s automatic, you may have to set your irrigation timer yourself or it may be a SMART controller that sets itself using satellites for your area.

Here are a few basics for correctly using drip irrigation to get the most out of your system.

  • Check and clean your filters regularly.  They clog and can decrease water pressure.
  • Change your automatic irrigation clock based on the weather (at least once a month).  Many water municipalities have good water schedules on their websites.
  • If you have a battery-operated irrigation clock, install good batteries and check them regularly.  Your clock won’t work if your batteries are dead.
  • If possible, have one irrigation station and valve running your trees, one running your shrubs and another one running your lawn and groundcover.  Most drip irrigation systems are set up by separate areas rather than by plant type.  If you’re watering your trees properly, your shrubs are getting overwatered.  If you’re watering your shrubs properly, your trees are not getting enough water.
  • Move your emitters out from your trees to outside where your tree canopy ends (the drip line).  Emitters should not be at the trunk of your trees or under the canopy.  Tree roots extend out 2x from the end of a tree canopy.
Drip irrigation systems are extremely useful to help you have a great looking landscape in the desert.  Remember that the desert heat can be just as hard on your system as it is on you.  Most drip irrigation parts are plastic and crack and deteriorate over time and need to be replaced.  Look for water stains or puddles in your yard.  They can indicate leaks.
We have Certified Rainbird Irrigation Technicians on-staff to help you with your irrigation problems.  Call us at (520) 370-5697 if  we can assist you with irrigation repairs or upgrades.  And, Like Us on Facebook.


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  1. We had a lot of fun running through the sprinklers as kids, too. Great post.


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