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The year-round gardener: Drip irrigation systems are efficient

August 1, 2011
The Marietta Times

What is drip irrigation? Drip, or micro-irrigation, is technology that uses a network of plastic pipes to carry a low flow of water under low pressure to plants. Water is applied much more slowly than with sprinkler irrigation. The slow, precise delivery of water directly to the plant's root zone keeps the root zone moist, but never saturated. The plants retain the proper air and water balance and avoid the stress and shock of the "drench and dry out" cycle of most other watering methods. This results in optimum growth and healthier plants.



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