As a homeowner, you have to choose between many different styles, types, and systems of irrigation for your landscaping. One such decision is choosing between a higher-profile sprinkler setup and a drip sprinkler setup. A drip sprinkler system can offer several advantages over traditional sprinklers, however. Here are some of the benefits of choosing drip sprinklers.
1. No wasted water
You may have had problems in the past with getting sprinklers to spray your entire lawn without overshooting. After all, many sprinklers cover a circular or semicircular area, and a typical lawn has at least some straight edges. This mismatch can result in the sprinkler either not reaching the lawn's corners or overshooting onto a driveway or sidewalk.
This overshooting can waste quite a bit of water since the excess typically will evaporate or make its way into a storm drain rather than benefiting your plants. In addition, a sprinkler that shoots tiny droplets of water can lose a lot to evaporation even if it doesn't overshoot.
A drip system, on the other hand, emits a slow drip of water at or near ground level rather than shooting tiny droplets into the air. This allows the water to be absorbed into the ground quickly, maximizing its usability and potentially lowering your water bill.
2. Easy to maintain
Once your drip system is installed, it's typically quite easy to maintain. You could have a misconception about this based on earlier iterations of drip irrigation systems, but the more modern systems require very little maintenance. In fact, other than occasionally flushing the system, drip irrigation is almost a set-it-and-forget-it watering system.
3. No aesthetic compromises
Although keeping your lawn and landscaping beds beautiful is important, nobody really wants to have giant sprinklers detracting from the view. After all, sprinklers are typically built for function and aren't exactly lawn art. With a drip setup, your watering system can keep a much lower profile, so it won't detract from the beauty of your garden or yard.
You don't have to worry about unappealing sounds with drip irrigation, either. You're probably very familiar with the typical sound of a running sprinkler system. Drip irrigation, though, since it doesn't have to shoot water, can be much quieter.
As you can see, a drip sprinkler installation can be highly superior to a more traditional sprinkler setup for watering. Whether you choose to install the system yourself or have a professional help you design your drip sprinkler system, it's definitely an alternative worth considering.
Contact a drip sprinkler system installation contractor for more information.