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   Apr 14

Drip Irrigation Basics

If you’re new to gardening or landscaping then you may require some information on garden maintenance. Or perhaps you’re looking at expanding your garden with some more plantation?Either way it’s important to look at how you’re going to keep your garden or landscape in the best condition.

With differing climates throughout the country it’s vital that your watering plan is efficient and best suited to the locality. Irrigation systems or sprinklers are both common within most backyards, but finding the right type and quality is something many people find difficult.

If you have a small space to cover and are happy to regularly get out in the garden with a hose then you may find this a whole lot simpler than any other investment, but some people want more options. One watering system that’s growing in popularity is drip irrigation, known for it’s water saving benefits and consistent results.


How does drip irrigation work?

Drip irrigation can be a wise choice for landscaping needs. Although there are many types of drip irrigation systems and connections the basic premise is that the system slowly feeds water into the roots of your plants. Instead of blasting your plants with your garden hose this method allows a more subtle but effective management of watering your garden, as your soil won’t dry out.

How do you know what options are best for your garden?

When you’re looking at setting up an irrigation system you should ensure that you understand your landscape and area, which is difficult without a lot of research or assistance. Many people will seek the assistance with a professional when looking at introducing irrigation to the backyard, and sometimes the design can be created in conjunction with a professional.

Drip irrigation in particular will require assistance if you want to set up the system for a large space, as the connections, drip lines, piping and everything related will need a lot of planning. You may even need to re-arrange your garden in order to efficiently utilise an drip irrigation system, but it’s best to get some professional help if you can’t make sense of the information yourself.

Different plants will require different levels of watering, placement of drip lines reflect these requirements.

Drip Irrigation Options:

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Underground or Above Ground :

With drip irrigation (and all irrigation) there are types that are set up above ground, and also ones that are inbuilt beneath the ground. Below ground irrigation is a more expensive landscaping job than it’s above ground counter part.

Soaker Hose:

In it’s most basic form drip irrigation is found through the garden soaker hose, which is the cheapest and easiest to set up. However the soaker hose doesn’t allow for the personalization and effectiveness as inbuilt systems. Your soaker hose is placed above ground and can be moved around your garden as necessary.

Additional Features:

  • Controllers: in order to set up a personalised watering system you can include either a basic tap timer type, or a more complex controller that has more functionality.
  • Rain Switches: With this feature you can have the functionality to turn off the system when its raining to ensure you don’t over water the area.
  • Filters: As drip irrigation is prone to clogging filters should be used to ensure particles don’t get stuck and effect the amount of water seeping into the soil.


As you can see there is a lot to think about when considering the option of drip irrigation for your property, which is why it’s best to contact a professional landscaper or expert who can assist. However this information will be able to provide you a basis of understanding on the functionality of this irrigation system. If you contact Landscaping Fremantle-Paradise Down Under then you can discuss the options available to you when it comes to any irrigation set-up.




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