It’s important to put thought into your drip irrigation system when installing your new beautiful climate appropriate landscape. Drip tubing allows some freedom when working with plant positions; however, it is essential to follow the approved layout designs to ensure a well-managed drip irrigation system. Here are some tips to create a successful drip irrigation system:
- Sufficient coverage of drip tubing is important, but how much is too much? Ask yourself if the drip tubing is being water wasting in any area. This is often the case in a widely spaced garden with drip tubing weaving in and out of unplanted areas. One easy solution is to add more plant material. Another solution is to incorporate a few isolated drip irrigation sections instead of one large section for the entire garden.
- It is necessary to avoid plant-to-plant coverage with most drip irrigation designs. Circling drip tubing around each individual plant often delivers too much water to the already drought tolerant vegetation. Circular designs are only required for larger plants such as trees. Trees and some large shrubs require more water, thus the need to encircle the tubing around the base to increase the number of emitters per area. Only utilize circular patterns when large trees and shrubs are included in the garden project.
- Finally, make sure that you have enough drip irrigation coverage for your plants with a pre-planned design. Insufficient drip irrigation coverage also falls within ineligible designs. This is often the case when drip tubing is disregarded when installing a new landscape. When in doubt, maintain a grid system.
IMPORTANT: The Long Beach Water Department wants to ensure that our Lawn-to-Garden participants are getting the most out of the program and their beautiful climate appropriate garden. Therefore, the following rules will be enforced:
– Excessive water use resulting from drip irrigation tubing will result in an unpaid project and potential excessive water use fines.
– Projects which utilize excessive or inadequate drip tubing as determined by Long Beach Water Department staff will result in an unpaid project.
– Any other varied design layout that is not approved by the Long Beach Water Department will result in an unpaid project.