Top 3 Common Mistakes: Drip Irrigation System
If you are a do-it-your-selfer, you may be considering the installation of a drip irrigation system. This is sensible, inexpensive way to help ensure your trees and plants get the water they need during the hot summer months. These systems are particularly effective when water restrictions are in place. However, many do-it-yourselfers make common mistakes that can nullify the advantages. The Fort Worth professionals with Andy’s Sprinkler want to help you avoid these mistakes to that your system works as intended. If you run into problems or would rather leave this type of job to someone with the experience needed to get the job done right the first time, we’ll be here to help.
1. Don’t Over-Water Your Plants
Many people who install their own drip irrigation system feel that they haven’t done a good enough job because they don’t see any pooling of water at the base of their plants and trees. They’re used to seeing these pools when they water by hand. However, one of the advantages of drip irrigation is that you don’t need as much water to get to the root system. Actually, if you see a pool of water you’ve used too much. You should only see about a three-inch spot of water at the dripper.
2. Don’t Apply Too Much Water Pressure
Typically, a drip irrigation system only needs about 25 pounds per square inch, or psi. If you use too much, the drippers may squirt instead of drip and the fittings may pop off.
3. Make Sure You Know the Watering Needs of Your Plants and Trees
Different plants have different watering needs, so you should do a little homework when planning your drip irrigation system. You may need to have one dripper that provides more water than another within the same system, or use extra drippers for some plants and fewer for others.
Planning a drip irrigation system can be a complex undertaking. If you’d rather leave it to a professional, contact Andy’s Sprinkler online or call 817-608-0660. We can effectively and efficiently install the system that meets your exact needs. Have you ever tried installing a system on your own? If you have, click one of the social media icons on this page and share your experience.