Installing an irrigation system for your lawn is one of, if not the most, effective ways to provide sufficient hydration to your turf. One type of irrigation method is the drip irrigation system, which delivers water directly to the roots through lines that are buried underneath the soil. Investing in a drip irrigation system is significantly worth it because it reduces water wastage. What's more, drip irrigation systems work on any type of soil, so no matter what type of soil you have, you can benefit from this type of irrigation system. Continue reading to learn more about drip irrigation systems.


Drip Irrigation Delivers Water Straight to Your Roots

A drip irrigation system works by delivering water straight to the roots where it is most needed. It does this by releasing water underneath the soil through lines with holes to allow water to go to directly to the roots of your grass or plants. By doing this, roots get much-needed hydration right away, preventing your turf from drying out. Additionally, roots become stronger and more vigorous when they have a stable source of hydration.

A drip irrigation system is also more efficient at reducing runoff and retaining fertilizers within your property. Homeowners also love that drip irrigation systems are underneath the soil and can be hidden under mulch. This prevents your property from looking messy with pipes and tubes.


Reduce water wastage with drip irrigation systems.

A drip irrigation system watering a lawn in Encinitas, CA.

When it comes to watering lawns, property owners will want to use as little water as possible. That's what makes drip irrigation systems so great. Because water is sent straight to the roots, water does not evaporate from the sun's heat or get blown away by the wind. This means that less water is wasted and every drop of water released is serving its purpose.

What's more, a drip irrigation system has zones and timers that release the right amount of water at the schedule you set, so once the system is set up, you don't have to worry about it. It can also adjust how much water is released after rain to prevent overwatering.

It's estimated that drip irrigation systems allow you to save between 30% to 65% on water consumption when compared to traditional irrigation methods.


Drip irrigation systems work on any soil type.

Drip irrigation system watering loam soil in Del Mar, CA.

Many factors have to be considered when planning an irrigation system, one of which is your lawn's soil type. The soil type is crucial in irrigation because it dictates how much water the soil can hold so that you can adjust the drip rate of your system. In California, common soil types include:

  • Sandy soil does not hold water well and sometimes needs organic matter like compost to improve structure.
  • Loam soil is a mixture of clay and sand. It holds water relatively well and also provides good drainage.
  • Clay soil does not drain well as it is composed of fine materials that get sticky and heavy when wet.

Fortunately, the drip irrigation system adapts well to any soil type. However, discharge rates need to be adjusted depending on your lawn's soil type to ensure enough water reaches the roots.

Our professionals at Southwest Outdoor Services can determine your lawn's soil type and adjust your drip irrigation system accordingly.


Get an estimate for our irrigation system installation today!

Irrigation is probably one of the most critical aspects of lawn care as it provides much-needed hydration to ensure healthy turf. At Southwest Outdoor Services, our team installs drip irrigation systems that will save water while ensuring your grass is receiving water efficiently.

We can install drip irrigation systems for property owners in Rancho Santa Fe, Encinitas, Carlsbad, CA and throughout the surrounding areas. Give us a call today at (858) 335-4650 to get an estimate for our irrigation system installation services.