Water Info Saving Water Micro Irrigation

Water Info Saving Water Micro Irrigation

One Step to a Better "Florida Yard"

MICRO IRRIGATION, the application of water at a slow rate, is a more efficient way to irrigate trees, shrubs and ground covers. Benefits of micro irrigation include: 

Better Plant Growth

  • A better soil water / oxygen balance is achieved,resulting in faster growth and less plant loss.

  • Foliage and flowers are not wetted, resulting reduction of plant disease and longer lasting blooms.

  • Weed growth is reduced, as very little soil surface is wetted. 

Easy Intallation

  • Drip tubing is generally installed just beneath the mulch, reducing labor costs to install, eliminating damage to plant roots and reducing water loss to evaporation.

  • Existing in-ground sprinkler systems can be easily modified. Use retrofit kits available at garden centers and home improvement stores to convert spray heads to micro irrigation. 

More Efficient Irrigation

  • Runoff is reduced. A lower flow rate allows more water to get to plant roots. Wind does not degrade micro irrigation efficiency.

  • The ability to precisely control water placement allows the irrigation of narrow and irregularly shaped areas without wasting water on buildings and paved areas. 

More Selection

  • Drip systems range from small emitter tubes to highly controlled emitter pipes.

  • Micro-sprays are similar to regular spray heads except water is applied at a slower rate of flow.

  • Bubblers are used to apply water to trees and shrubs to avoid overspray. 

Guide to Micro-Irrigation for West-Central Florida Landscape is available in PDF version. (3.3 MB).

If any of these activities are beyond your capabilities, you may need to hire a professional, licensed irrigation contractor for assistance in installing and maintaining your system. Assistance in finding a contractor is available from the Florida Irrigation Society or from the EPA WaterSense Program.


(page last reviewed: 11/22/13)