The desire to make it easier to grow plants at their summer cottage is quite understandable. Regular watering can be time-consuming. It is enough to skip it once, and many cultivated plants wither or stop developing. Drip tube can solve the problem. But, subject to the correct choice and installation in the garden.
Variety of materials
A wide selection of polymer materials has influenced the technical and operational indicators of drip irrigation. Each tube has its own advantages and features of operation. The main thing is to choose the right product for your individual requirements. The following types of hoses can be found on sale:
- Thermoplastic elastomer - withstands significant temperature differences, does not require dismantling in winter. Used for drip irrigation for several years.
- Silicone - optimal for a small area with low water pressure. Maximum elasticity, able to survive the freezing of water in the tube.
- Polyvinyl chloride - the minimum cost of drip irrigation. Withstands medium pressure, but easily collapses under the influence of negative temperatures.
- Rubber - withstands significant fluid pressures, temperature differences. The hose has a tendency to hold its shape and is highly resistant to UV radiation. Does not need to be dismantled during winter.
Selection factors for the site
In addition to the material, it is necessary to pay attention to the length of the hose for future drip irrigation. On sale there are both short sections of several meters, and pipes with a length of up to 100 m. The following characteristics are considered to be the main factors of choice:
- distance from the edge of the garden to the distributing water main;
- generated pressure in the future drip irrigation network;
- area of all beds in need of irrigation.
Even very long drip irrigation systems have their own solutions and types of pipes. Knowing the characteristics of your garden, it will not be difficult to choose the optimal pipe.