|Sprays / Drip|
Drip irrigation is a watering method which delivers water to plants slowly and right where they need it... at the roots. Where typical pop-up sprinklers spray water into the air and onto plants, drip irrigation systems combine flexible poly drip tubing and drip emitters or "drippers" to both conserve water and save money.
Drip irrigation systems are not affected by wind and will greatly reduce evaporation and runoff common with traditional irrigation systems. Drip irrigation is the perfect solution for raised vegetable garden beds, hanging baskets, and potted plants.
Micro-spray is a cross between surface spray irrigation and drip irrigation. It has some of the advantages and some of the disadvantages of each type of irrigation. Like drip irrigation, micro-spray is considered a type of low-pressure irrigation typically operating with pressures between 15 and 30 psi. It is generally considered low volume with application rates of 5 to 70 gallons per hour (gph) (18.9 Lph to 264 Lph). Micro-spray typically creates a larger wetted area then drip irrigation making it well suited for irrigating ground covers, large flowerbeds and sandy soil.
Micro-spray is delivered through micro tubing to a series of nozzles attached to risers. These risers may be fixed or designed to pop-up. In either case, it is easy to see that they are functioning, eliminating the most commonly voiced complaint about drip irrigation.