Drip irrigation systems are a necessity in the state of Arizona. When properly installed and maintained, drip irrigation helps save gallons of otherwise wasted water. How? Drip irrigation greatly reduces evaporation that would otherwise occur in methods such as flood or overhead sprinklers. Drip application is the process of delivering water to the roots; this slow application is mandatory and saves money.
Drip irrigation systems can either be located on the surface or farther down near the root zone. Because drip systems are in direct contact with the earth, they are prone to sudden leaks due to damage from roots, insects, rodents and pressure issues. Drip irrigation is common in Arizona due to the extreme heat. Call today to schedule your next appointment!
Drip irrigation is composed of valves that open and close allowing water to pass. It also has to be regulated down to a pressure of 15-30 PSI, this is done by a pressure regulator that is installed after the valve. A properly installed drip system should always have a filter after the valve to trap particles and sediment from clogging the emitters. AZ Sprinkler and Landscape is Arizona’s drip irrigation repair specialist!
The most common problem with drip systems is leaks in the poly tubing; we use the best and thickest walled poly on the market. We offer a 5-year warranty with any new poly tubing and a 10 year warranty with any PVC drip systems.
As technology is constantly changing, drip irrigation systems have several innovative methods to distribute water. These include the following: adjustable emitters, jet spray applicators, mini quart droppers, pressure compensating shrubblers, pinch-drop emitters, down spray emitters and t-tape soaker hose. Whatever you need, AZ Sprinkler can apply the proper application emitter.
Many drip irrigation systems use a method called fertigation. Traditional fertilizing methods such as a time released and micro-spray heads are not as effective since the water is dripped directly into the soil. To resolve this issue, drip systems have the option to mix liquid fertilizer in with the existing irrigation. In going this route it’s important to always monitor your drip lines to check for leaks and weak areas. A leak that is not fixed in a timely manner could cause uneven irrigation as well as too much fertilizer.
Over the years we’ve developed the most efficient way to water urban gardens. From experience we have found that for a garden to be properly watered it must be on its own separate valve. We have also discovered that above ground gardens reduce the heat factor and allow for a perfect irrigation system. The soaker hose or row application process has resulted in some of the best gardens in the valley. Just ask your tech or consultant over the phone!
Much like gardens, the irrigation system for citrus trees must be isolated and controlled on their own individual valve. Citrus needs to have weekly, deep watering. AZ Sprinkler and Landscape recommends a PVC hard pipe system with mushroom flood bubblers. Over the years, we have worked closely with many different citrus growers and have used that knowledge to develop an ideal system.
Trees should be on a separate valve and watering schedule than plants. Trees fall into the same category as citrus and require deep watering but on a slightly different schedule. A common occurrence during the monsoon season in Arizona is toppling trees. This is usually due to improper watering as well as poor pruning. When a tree has plenty of surface irrigation but lacks proper root irrigation, the tree develops a shallow root base.
Flowers require their own watering schedule and valve; we highly recommend micro-jet sprays. Flowers are a plant that enjoys root and spray application. They also require multiple watering times throughout the schedule. It is also important to note that flowers need different watering schedules depending on the season. Timers will need to be adjusted in the beginning of the summer months as well as the winter months.
Trouble shooting and maintaining your drip irrigation system is all about preventative maintenance and awareness. Set your watering times when you normally spend time in your landscape oasis. Look for pooling water, all water will eventually rise. Inspect each plant, tree, flower and garden weekly. If you don’t have enough water distribution, call today!
Our Sprinkler Repair Pricing:
- Service call - $60 includes first 1/2 hour labor
- Valves - start at $60
- Controllers - start at $225
- Pop-up heads - start at $6
- Drips parts - start at $4