Drip irrigation is a highly efficient irrigation system that slowly waters the soil directly around the base of individual plants through small pipes and emitters. This minimizes evaporative losses, pooling, runoff and wetting of plant foliage.
According to the Alliance for Water Efficiency, drip irrigation is likely the most efficient method of providing water to trees, crops, gardens and landscapes. While sprinkler irrigation systems typically have an efficiency of between 50% and 70%, the efficiency of a well-designed drip irrigation system can reach nearly 100%, with numerous other benefits as well.
For properties with a previously installed sprinkler system, there are a variety of products available to assist in converting the existing sprinkler heads to drip irrigation outlets.
Drip irrigation systems in gardens, planters, and beds.