Kinds of Irrigation Systems

We all know water is essential for survival. For agriculture and gardens, an irrigation system plays a major role in supporting growth. You can’t keep relying on rain, especially in Australia, where rain may be impractical and insufficient.

But while lack of water is bad, overwatering can be just as detrimental. To ensure you encourage proper plant growth, you need to minimise soil erosion while preventing water loss. Aside from providing clean water using a water treatment system, your plants will benefit greatly from an irrigation system.

So, what are the types of irrigation systems? Keep reading to find out.

Sprinkler Irrigation Systems

You often see sprinkler irrigation systems in gardens and lawns. In this system, water flows through several pipes and is sprayed evenly to particular areas. Sprinkler irrigation systems can quickly cover prominent places, making them particularly efficient for tree crops.

Sprinkler irrigation systems are affordable in many ways. Installing them in your residential lawn or commercial garden. Since they use less water and allow you to control when they use it, you can save costs on water consumption in the long run.

Drip Irrigation Systems

Drip irrigation systems are made of tubes with emitters or small holes placed above or below the soil’s surface, slowly dripping water into the dirt for an extended period. They can continuously supply water for your plants and, at the same time, save 30-50% more water than many other irrigation systems. You’ll often find them in vineyards, orchards, and high-value vegetable crops.

Since drip irrigation systems only “drip” water into the soil, they can prevent soil erosion, nutrient runoff, and fungal growth often caused by overwatering. These systems are also relatively easy to install.

Furrow Irrigation Systems

One of the most common irrigation systems for agriculture is the furrow type. These are a series of small parallel channels filled with water, and crops are grown on the ridges or raised soil between them. They work incredibly well for row crops, including sugarcane, corn, sunflower, soybean, and many more.

The furrow irrigation system has a simple design, which allows for cost, time, and labour efficiency. This type of irrigation system is also cheap to install.

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