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Introduction to Drip Irrigation

Drip irrigation is the slow and precise delivery of water to chosen plantings. It uses flexible polyethylene tubing with devices for dripping, called emitters. Both systems are easy to install. Require no trenching and the only tools needed are pruning shears and a punch.

For many gardeners, water conservation is the main reason for installing a drip system. When you water your garden, your purpose is to water plants rather than soil. Drip irrigation gives you the ability to put water exactly where it's needed and keep paths and areas between plants dry. This reduces both waste and weeding.

Traditional watering methods deliver water faster than most soils can absorb. If water exceeds the soil's percolation rate, it runs off the surface, taking valuable topsoil and nutrients with it. Drip irrigation also allows you to water a large area from a small water source, since it uses water more slowly than other methods.

The greatest advantage for home gardeners is time savings. The simple action of opening a spigot replaces all the time spent watering by hand. With the addition of an automatic timer, you can cope with a busy schedule while your garden flourishes without you.

In developing countries, workers like these people had to carry buckets of river water to irrigate their row crops. Now modern technology and much larger "buckets" save them time and energy by allowing drip irrigation to do the work for them.

Rainbarrel Man Drip Irrigation Kits

Both our starter kits are designed specifically for small size gardens and can be fully automated by adding zero pressure timers.

Garden Bed Drip Irrigation Kit

This kit is great for short rows, small or irregularly shaped garden beds and square foot gardening.

Landscape Drip Irrigation Kit

Landscape Kit Using a Support Stake This kit is unique due to its flexibility. Not only can you manually insert the emitters on the main line tubing but you can also put them on the ends of the smaller tubing to reach plants further away.

All kits are expandable

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