Irrigation: Drip

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Drip Irrigation

Drip irrigation has been used for decades in arid regions throughout the world. It is ideal for use in the high desert climate of Santa Fe, particularly given the scarcity and expense of water throughout the Southwest.

Drip is a low volume, low pressure method of delivering water directly to plants, minimizing runoff and evaporation losses.

Flexible tubing delivers the water around your yard, and small devices called emitters or drippers meter out the water slowly to your plants. It is easy enough to initially install or modify as needed yourself. The cost is low, and you can start with a basic system and expand it over time to water all your outdoor plants.

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drip irrigation demonstration garden

Visit The Firebird and tour our demonstration garden in front of the store. This garden showcases the use of drip irrigation for watering trees, shrubs, flowers, and vegetables.

Interpretative signage explains various applications of drip irrigation components.  All the systems are left exposed for easy visibility.

Several different irrigation controllers are illustrated, including a climate control weather station.

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We carry several thousand components from more than 60 global manufacturers.

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Design Considerations

Laying out a drip system is easy if you visualize a system of main water lines with branch lines going to your plant areas. Our experienced staff is happy to plan a system for you; just bring us a sketch of your yard with plant locations and a rough measurement of dimensions. Download our comprehensive guide, "Water Whys", covering all the major components and design concepts of residential drip irrigation systems.

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Emitters are classified by their water output, measured in liters or gallons per hour. Our emitter guide lists all the types we carry, and includes a visual guide to help identify them. It also covers the various micro-sprays that can be used with drip systems.

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The reference chart below lists sizes and flow capacities of irrigation lines.

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