Why Drip Irrigation from DripWorks?
When your DripWorks arrives...
How Drip Irrigation works...
The mainline tubing was placed along the sides of our raised beds. Then you punch the mainline tubing and insert driplines along the mainline tubing. The driplines come with holes 6", 9", or 12" apart. Depending on what you're planting and how close together you plant will determine how to space the lines.
Advantages of using DripWorks irrigation with a timer:
- Time. You will save hours upon hours of time each day.
- Easier to keep small transplants from wilting during the first few weeks.
- Tomatoes, squash and peppers no longer get blossom-end rot caused by over-watering.
- It's easy to install, easy to operate, even year after year (we've been using ours for 5 years now.)
- Lightweight....easy to move if you're not happy with positioning.
- Decreases weeds in the garden since you're not watering the whole garden, just the plants.
- No worries vacation/weekend getaways. Not having to ask a neighbor to water, or worse, paying a kid $10 an hour.
- Hold down stakes keep the tubing in place, right on the plant if you wish.
- You never over-water or under-water, it's just the right amount of water.
- No water waste means lower water bills.
- Aesthetically pleasing to the eye. We no longer had to trip over ugly, thick hoses that connected one bed to the other.
- Can be used in raised beds, pots, planters, hanging baskets, window boxes, big gardens, small gardens, basically anywhere you plant indoors and out!
- The product holds up. Initially, I was concerned the plastic might crack after a few years usage and we would have to replace. This has not been the case. At the end of the season Tom hooks up the air compressor and blows the lines dry so water freezing isn't a problem in the winter.
- Ordering replacement parts is easy & cheap if you loose a part or breakage occurs.
Disadvantages to the DripWork irrgation system:
- The ordering process might be difficult if you don't know exactly what you need. DripWorks makes so many products with numerous parts that you might be unsure of what to order, especially if you're uncertain about your space. I would recommend contacting the company to ask those types of questions prior to placing an order. They know their products best, let them steer you in the right direction.
- Shipping is expensive (at times free shipping is offered, jump on this!!)
- The parts. There are tons of small parts. And even though they are all carefully labelled (which makes reading the instructions much easier) they are also easy to loose. We recommended keeping the box they ship your order in to store your parts. *Tom disagrees with me on the parts. He likens DripWorks to Legos and loves all the different options of putting it together. I guess I'm just more of a Playmobil girl!
A quick note on value...
And I'm not going to say that DripWorks is the only good system out there. I'm sure there are other quality products you can buy. But I will say that when Tom buys something, he spends hours of time reading up on the product, all the reviews, the pros, the cons and then finally makes a decision. Before having a blog was even a thought in my brain, Tom decided on the DripWorks system. We've been happy with it ever since and that was over 5 years ago!
One Standard Garden Bed Irrigation Kit valued at $100 from DripWorks!