Comparing Garden Drip Irrigation Kits

The six beginner's drip irrigation kits can help you determine if a drip system will improve your garden yield, including Shur-Flo, Submatic, Burpee, Raindrip, Chapin, and Irrigo.


| May/June 1986



099-082-01i1

Shur-Flo drip irrigation kit.


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Can a drip irrigation systems work wonders in your garden? Find out with one of these six beginner's drip irrigation kits! 

By now, you've probably heard that drip irrigation can as much as double crop yields while using one-half to one-third as much liquid as normal watering methods. But it's also likely that you haven't installed one of those serpentine plastic line systems in your own garden . . . why not?

Well, many people hesitate for one or two good reasons:

[1] Drip irrigation sounds complicated and gadgety. (And, after all, gardening is one of the few simple pleasures left in life.)

[2] Why spend money on something if you don't have to? (God's rain and a good hose have always got the garden watered before, right?)

jason
3/25/2016 10:57:11 AM

I used a really affordable http://www.hfmfgcorp.com/diybackyard/hobby-accessories/ from H&F Manufacturing that required very minimal assembly on my part. These irrigation systems are a great way to leave your garden on auto-pilot, and they require very little maintenance if they’ve been setup properly in the first place. It definitely takes some time to get it going at first, but if you take a day in the early spring to get it done, you’ll reap that time back all through the spring and summer seasons.


donna
2/17/2016 10:35:08 AM

Hi... I noticed the above article was written in 1986... 20 years ago. I'm wondering if you have any reviews of irrigation kits that are more up to date?


pmow
1/17/2016 10:37:17 PM

My garden is not level, it slopes to the side and down. I need to find drippers that are 'pressure regulated' so the plants at the upper levels receive the same amount of water, per dripper, as those at the lower levels. Can anyone provide information about which vendors provide this service? Thanks, PMOW






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