“If you have a garden and a library, you have everything you need,” according to Marcus Tullius Cicero. Cicero, the great Roman philosopher and a well-known ancient personality, might have been right, seeing that a garden is a great place to spend one’s leisure time and relax one’s mind. Yet, I would definitely bet if Cicero ever tended a garden on his own, for the nurturing of a garden to maintain its awesome and pristine beauty is not an easy task. It requires everyday attention and effort to irrigate and sustain a great garden, especially, in the ancient times wherein water was a bit scarce. Although the Romans had built some of the most advanced water system in the ancient world, water was still a precious commodity in the ancient times.
In our modern age, wherein it is predicted that fresh water will soon become a rare commodity in the near future, there are already seasons of dry spells, wherein dams often reach critical water level. Hence, water should be conserved and its use maximized.
Wise gardeners often take into consideration the supply of water and the kind of irrigation system that they would usually employ in the nurturing and maintenance of their garden. Likewise, they also consider the water need of their crops and they would often lump together those plants which require the same amount of water as a measure to conserve water. Moreover, they often make use of the irrigation system, like drip irrigation system, to reach the root zone of the plants without necessarily wasting water. They also align their crops in such a way that water will be maximized, and weeds will have no way to compete with plants in getting the needed water.
Drip irrigation system has been the most common system employed by gardeners, especially, in places where water sometimes become scarce, for compared with pop-up sprinkler systems, the drip irrigation system highly targets the root zone, and thus it prevents the unnecessary loss of water.
Disadvantages Associated with the Drip Irrigation System
There are many concomitant advantages with the use of drip irrigation system. However, there are also some disadvantages that can be associated with this type of irrigation system.
First, the system is definitely prone to clogging. Dirty water may enter the holes of the hoses and eventually may block and clog the holes. Likewise, there is also the problem of salinity hazards that are usually associated with the use of drip irrigation system. Moreover, problem like moisture distribution can be a factor in not choosing the drip irrigation system for one’s garden. Additionally, the installation of drip irrigation system can be a bit more expensive as compared to other less expensive methods of irrigation such as that of furrow. Lastly, you need to be knowledgeable in the design, installation, and the operation of the drip irrigation system to be able to perfectly install the system in your garden. Yet, with all these seeming disadvantages of drip irrigation system, this system is still one of the most effective and efficient systems in bringing about the growth and proper nurturing of plants and gardens around the world.