Row by Row Episode 199: Should You Be Using Drip Irrigation

What is drip irrigation? What are the advantages of using drip irrigation, if any? Are there disadvantages to using drip irrigation? Do you bury or not? Let’s discuss all things drip irrigation!

What is Drip Irrigation?

A method of nourishment to crops that involves controlling the amount of water and fertilizer applied across a specific space. In order to improve the efficiency of the irrigation system, water and fertilizers are supplied directly to the crop root zone. This helps to reduce the loss of resources through evaporation, drift, and runoff.

Advantages Of Using Drip Irrigation

  • Fewer weeds between rows, putting water only underneath or beside the plants
  • Prevents disease by minimizing water contact with the leaves, stems, and fruit of plants
  • Water conservation uses 30-50% less water
  • Water applications are more frequent which provides a more favorable moisture level for the plants to thrive
  • Prevents overwatering
  • Saves time, money, and water.
  • Decreases labor. Eliminates hours of hand-watering
  • Fertilizer nutrient loss is minimized due to a localized application
  • Versatility – can be used anywhere (large and small farms, home gardens, nurseries, urban balconies, rooftops, decks)
  • Improved seed germination
  • Reduces soil erosion

Disadvantages Of Drip Irrigation

  • The initial cost is high
  • Needs regular maintenance

Bury Or Not To Bury

You should bury the drip tape. It keeps the drip tape straight along the row, keeps the water emitters facing upward, and prevents the tape from twisting over time. It also prevents rats and other pests from being able to chew into the drip tape, causing leaks and headaches. By burying the drip tape, you can direct seed on top of it with our Hoss Garden Seeder which has a rolling colter furrow opener.

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