Micro-Irrigation… What is it?

The lookout

The lookout

An automated watering systems designed to water only what requires watering. Micro-irrigation employs drippers, emitter hoses and micro sprinklers thus significantly reducing water consumption (the system is so efficient that in Greater Victoria having micro-irrigation makes you exempt from all watering restrictions). Conventional irrigation systems rate sprinklers and bubblers in gallons per minute while micro-irrigation flow rates are in gallons per hour. For example a lawn sprinkler may be rated at 1 to 5 GPM (gallons per minute), or 60 to 300 GPH (gallons per hour), drip emitters are usually rated at 1-4 GPH (gallon per hour); a microsprinklers are rated at 15-45 GPH (gallons per hour).

Micro-sprinkle heads

Microsprinklers give a spray of water that has droplets much smaller than conventional sprinklers. This allows the water to be absorbed into the ground without causing runoff or leeching minerals out of the soil. Microsprinklers are normally used in areas of densely planted beds where placing individual drippers at each plant just wouldn’t make sense.

Emitter Irrigation is the slow application of water directly to the plant’s root zone using “drippers”, which are also referred to as “emitters”. Maintaining an optimum moisture level in the soil at all times results in less water lost to the sun and the wind. No water is wasted on non-growth areas, and the root zone is maintained at its ideal moisture level, combining the proper balance of water and air for a very efficient irrigation system.

Drip Line

With the addition of battery operated timers your garden is watered regularly, with the right amount of water, at the time of day that significantly reduces evaporation. And, it does it all whether you are home or on vacation. Once your system is installed maintenance is minimal. At the end of the season the system needs to be winterized and in the spring it will require inspection and minor tune-up, both services that we provide.

Please feel free to contact us for recommendations and a free estimate.

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