My biggest hesitation in ordering a drip irrigation system was the setup. I was concerned that it would be difficult to put together and maintain year after year. Not so. It comes tightly packed in a box. All the pieces are clearly labelled and the instructions are simple to follow. There's a few pictures and you can call customer service or shoot them an email if you need further guidance. You can also go to their website as they do have very detailed installation diagrams beneath the product description.
In a nutshell, this is how it works. We attached a water timer to a pressure regulator (driplines can't handle too much water pressure) to the mainline tubing.
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.
- Time. You will save hours upon hours of time.
- 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 3 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!
- 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 pump and blows the lines dry so the water can't freeze in the winter.
- Ordering replacement parts is easy & cheap if you loose a part or breakage occurs.
- 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.
- They are made of plastic, and nothing of plastic lasts forever.
- 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. *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!
I think the price point of DripWorks is fair. It's not excessively expensive nor is it cheap to buy. It's at a price point where I'd still rather buy this set than try my own DIY drip irrigation project. And trust me, those parts are expensive to buy too. In addition, we have discovered in garden DIY that even finding the right parts can be tricky. You will spend a lot of time on the phone trying to find the right part or tool you're looking for.
- 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.
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