Over the past several years, micro-irrigation manufacturers have been quite busy producing new low volume irrigation products and improving on the extensive array of existing products available to the home gardener.

Reviewing and upgrading your irrigation system can lead to better uniformity, resulting in water savings and a flourishing garden.

This is a suggestion for using a drip system in a garden or for long line along a fence with flowers, shrubs, groundcover and trees. This recommendation can be used on medium to heavy soil.

For vegetable garden we suggest the following two options: Option 1: Drip line with 1 GPH dripper every 18". This system can last for 7-10 years Option 2: Drip tape with drippers every 12". This system can last for 3-5 years

Our suggestion is to use a combination of drip 1/4" soaker line or misters for large containers and individual drippers for the smaller pots.

While it is true that drought conditions can and do contribute to regional water shortages, there is little doubt that, (in many parts of the country), even several consecutive seasons of higher than normal rainfall will not result in the easing or repeal of government imposed water use ordinances.

Selecting the correct size and type of filter for a low-volume system is a critical decision that should be made with forethought and begins by acquiring some knowledge of the quality of the water that is being supplied. It’s essential to know what the primary contaminants are in the water supply so the correct type of filter can be selected.

In public landscapes, commercial/industrial parks, high traffic zones and/or places where vandalism is prevalent, in order to achieve long-term success, it is imperative that the appropriate irrigation products are selected, and that they are installed in the correct manner.

When maintaining, repairing, and/or installing drip/low-volume irrigation systems, there is a good chance the technician will be dealing with polyethylene supply tubing of some type and size.

Any discussion of watering schedules for landscape drip irrigation systems should begin on site with an appraisal of the soil type.

Drip/low volume irrigation systems operate at much lower pressures than sprinkler systems, and so a pressure regulator is usually required to bring the dynamic pressure down to an acceptable range, normally between 15 and 35 psi.

On-line, single outlet, point- source emitters, (once available in only a few non-pressure compensating types) are now produced by many...

Like many products in the current commercial drip irrigation market place, low-volume micro-sprinklers were first developed for use in the agricultural industry, where wholesale growers, nurseries, and tree farmers have utilized them with much success for many years.

Drip/low-volume irrigation system maintenance is more necessary, time consuming, and involved than maintenance of conventional sprinkler systems. The primary reasons...

Nearly all species of ornamental, specimen and fruit/nut bearing trees, at any stage of growth, will benefit from irrigation applied through a drip or low-volume irrigation system.

The benefits of utilizing in-line emitter tubing, a.k.a. landscape dripperline, are numerous and well known.

When freezing weather is anticipated, simply turn off your main water supply to the irrigation system and make sure that the backflow device, valves, filter, pressure regulator, pipe, sprinklers, drip hose, and drippers are free of water.

There is nothing that stands out as more American than a well-manicured lawn and home garden. In fact, I have fond, youthful memories of helping my Grandpa Joe tend his crops.

It may still be cold outside and plenty wet but on Feb. 2nd, when that old groundhog Phil back in Gobblers Knob came out of his winter home, he cast no shadow. And "when there is no shadow cast, an early spring is the forecast"!

By Stuart Spaulding, CLIA. No, it's not a parking meter. DIG's LEIT Control System can be programmed to operate up to 28 valves, spanning an area of over one mile with up to 12 independent water schedules per valve.