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Mandating drip irrigation

Keep in mind these four tips when operating and caring for your drip irrigation system: A key to making a drip system last is keeping the lines covered with mulch or plant material.

For the past few years, drip irrigation systems for residential and commercial uses have been an effective way to not only conserve water but give landscapes the deep watering they need to flourish in any climate.

They have become increasingly popular on the apartment landscape – whether by requirement or voluntary implementation – and are ideal for beds and compact greenspace areas.

Water-saving estimates range from 20-50 percent using drip irrigation, largely because the heavy concentration of water goes directly to the plant’s roots and not down a storm drain or driveway, or evaporating in thin air.

About 90 percent of the water goes into the ground, compared to 30 percent that is sprayed.

Usually, the tubing is brown to blend with the landscape and contains little devices called emitters that deliver the water at prescribed flow rates.

Check valves help keep water in the system for the next cycle rather than draining out. The tubing network is fastened together without being permanently affixed by PVC cement or glue that’s used in traditional irrigation systems.

Generally, drip systems are inexpensive to install compared to traditional irrigation systems.

Drip irrigation works best for apartment communities for shrubs or ground cover beds, as well as monument areas and beds or lawns and beds next to driveways or sidewalks where sprays create runoff.

The irrigation concept, which has been around for years, saves water and is being required in drought-stricken communities, especially on the West Coast.

Some states, require it for all new home and business construction. Jerry Brown mandated that drip irrigation systems be installed on all new construction.

Kits are available to convert small areas like where seasonal color is planted.