Now that we've moved into the second "wet" season of desert living, it isn't necessary to water plants as much as during warmer, drier months. I always recommend a drip irrigation system to my clients to keep their gardens lush and healthy year round. Drip irrigation means placing tubing around the base of your plants to slowly drip water directly to the root system to maximize the effectiveness of watering without using anymore water than is necessary. Using a drip irrigation system is a fool-proof way to water plants exactly as they need to be each season without wasting the desert's most precious resource. Drip irrigation systems are easy to install and maintain. With a little planning, you can say goodbye to manual watering all together. Here are some additional benefits to using drip irrigation: • Drip irrigation systems can be adapted to the shape of your garden or run in lines to larger container arrangements. • Drip irrigation keeps the cost of watering down by watering more efficiently with less water. • Drip irrigation systems can be set to a timer to water consistently and at the most effective times of day; you can set it and forget it!
Caring for our delicate desert ecosystem is a responsibility we all share as Tucson residents. Installing and using a drip irrigation system is just one of many ways we can all contribute to make a greener community. What other measures have you taken to make your life a little greener? I'd love to hear about it! Leave me a message in the comments section or contact me directly.
LaFleur Plantscapes + Fresh Flora specializes in creating sustainable eco-chic gardens both indoors and outdoors - including installing drip irrigation systems. I'd love to give you a complimentary consultation to show you what a little green can do for you.