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1 Drip Irrigation Mary McSherry April 17, 2014

2 Drip Irrigation

3 What Why Where How

4 Key elements for growing plants Light Air Temperature Nutrition Water/Moisture

5 Ideal

6 Not so ideal

7 Automatic sprinkler systems

8 Drip Irrigation

9 Advantages 90 to 95% of the water goes directly into the soil Plant foliage stays dry which reduces plant diseases Amount of water can be controlled, especially when using an automatic timer It is so efficient that many water utilities exempt landscapes irrigated with drip from restrictions during drought Weed growth can be minimized Efficient way to fertilize plants Systems can be used in irregular plots and/or on slopes

10 Disadvantages Sun/rodent damage to tubes Tubes can get clogged if not properly maintained Susceptible to freezing in cold weather

11 Drip Irrigation System

12 Drip Irrigation CommercialResidential

13 Commercial Garden


15 Home Flower Garden

16 Home Vegetable Garden

17 Availability/Cost Home and garden centers Big box stores On-line shopping Initial investment may be recovered in savings of water and time

18 Resources vegetable-gardens vegetable-gardens ologies/drip-irrigation ologies/drip-irrigation ardening/Drip_Irrigation_for_Home_Gardens.pdf ardening/Drip_Irrigation_for_Home_Gardens.pdf

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