Sep 062014
 

Micro irrigation – Review preview.

Micro irrigation is the green solution to water wasted via conventional landscape irrigation systems.

A standard home’s irrigation system uses an average of 65,000 – 130,000 gallons of water per year. This is because technologically and by design, rotor sprinklers, sprayers and systems are inefficient and wasteful, as they apply water indiscriminately at excessive rates of 3 -5 gallons per minute or more.

Micro irrigationWe have all seen how much of that water ends up wasted on driveways, pathways and roads, or blowing away in the wind, and finally going down the sewers carrying with it fertilizers, pesticides, herbicides, oil and all kinds of other pollution.

Green home landscapes are watered with water conserving micro-irrigation systems, commonly referred to as “drip” or “low-volume” irrigation. When designed and used correctly with appropriate landscaping, this approach can improve the efficiency of plant watering through the precise application of water.

With tiny emitters (instead of rotor sprayers) applying water at the root area of plants, at a maximum flow rate of only 30 gallons per hour (gph), or 0.5 gallons per minute (gpm), micro irrigation offers the following advantages:

  • Reduced water loss from evaporation, wind and runoff.
  • Fewer pest problems.
  • Fewer weeds.
  • Less plant diseases.
  • Increased water application efficiency.
  • The ability to satisfy individual water needs of new, maturing and established plants.
  • Easy connection to hoses or outdoor spigots.
  • Reduced erosion when watering plants on steep slopes.
  • Compliance with local water conservation codes and ordinances.

Micro irrigation goes hand in glove with a native landscape, which is the green alternative to an exotic landscape. Standard home landscapes include exotic plants (plants from other parts of the world that need support to survive in a foreign environment). They need large amounts of costly water, fertilizers, pesticides, herbicides and maintenance. The costliest exotic plant is turf grass, the maintenance of which also needs mowing, cutting and trimming labor, equipment, repairs and fuel.

Micro irrigationFor existing standard homeowners who have a lot of turf grass, or who are not interested in reducing or even eliminating their turf grass, micro irrigation is not appropriate (except for the planter beds). However, for anyone who would like to conserve water and save money and enjoy the benefits and pleasures of a turf free landscape, micro irrigation is perfect.

In conclusion, a micro irrigation system is perfect for any homeowner who is interested in conserving water, saving money and protecting the environment at the same time.

I am looking forward to reviewing micro irrigation systems, buttoning down their best features, how it works, what makes them green, and then providing FAQs and tips and tricks to give my readers a full understanding of this green living product.

So, please come back soon and in the meantime, check out my other Living Green Reviews and please remember to visit and support my green store, so that you can also Switch it Green, Switch it Forward.

Thank you for visiting and living green,

MJ

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