Drip vs sprinkler systems


Farm Hand
Irrigation is the process of supplying water to the land at regular intervals by means of canals and other artificial methods, to enhance agricultural growth and maintain the landscape during the periods of less average rainfall.
Drip Irrigation

A type of localized irrigation in which drops of water are delivered at or near the root of plants. In this type of irrigation, evaporation and runoff are minimized. Drip irrigation systems dispense water in a controlled manner. Using a series of long plastic pipes, drip irrigation is usually low to the ground, so less water is lost to runoff and evaporation. At regular intervals, or depending on the yard design, there are openings in the irrigation pipes to allow water to come out.

As the name implies, the drip irrigation system allows water to drip directly onto the soil surrounding the plant where the opening is located. Generally, the ground around the drip irrigation pipe is bare earth or non-living matter like stones or pavers. That way, no plantings are crushed under the drip system.

Sprinkler irrigation
Water is distributed by overhead high-pressure sprinklers or guns from a central location in the field or from sprinklers on moving platforms. In contrast, a sprinkler system spreads water in more widespread, controlled ranges. While a drip irrigation system is above ground, when it comes to sprinklers, the pipes are underground with only the sprinkler heads visible above ground.

When activated, sprinkler systems spray out significant amounts of water to cover a large amount of ground. Sprinklers laid out by our team of professional landscapers can be placed so that your yard will receive the right amount of water coverage with no areas left unwatered.

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