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Getting Started with Drip Irrigation (toggle)

Disadvantages of Drip Irrigation

No serious introduction to drip irrigation would be complete without a look at the disadvantages associated with its use:

  • The soft poly tubing can be susceptible to damage from insects, rodents, and household pets.
  • A filter is required to guard against potential clogging of the very small water passages of the drippers and micro sprinklers.
  • You cannot see a drip system working as you can a conventional sprinkler system.
  • Drip irrigation creates a smaller wetted area, so control is more critical in replacing the water used by the plant to avoid stress.