Drip Irrigation is 90% efficient --- it applies water directly to the root level, minimizes wind drift, has a regulated even application rate and is allowed during all stages of North Texas cities’ Water Restrictions.
The primary applications for Drip Irrigation are around foundations, for flower beds & gardens and some turf areas. Drip Irrigation is a low volume solution that applies water at a gallons per hour (gph) rate – meaning water is applied slowly and directly to the root area for better penetration. This helps to save water and money by reducing over-watering and delivering water more efficiently to plant roots. An added benefit for North Texans is to enable foundation watering during droughts and city imposed watering restrictions – protecting your home investment and your foundation.
There is a huge difference between Drip installed properly and Drip wrapped in circles, draped around the foundation or strung around your plants. Drip solutions can be for surface (sitting above the ground or covered with mulch) or subsurface (buried beneath the soil or grass). (All subsurface irrigation installations must have an Air Relief Valve or the emitters will get clogged.) Drip allows more precise application of water for foundation coverage, specific odd-shaped areas, plants of delicate watering needs and hard to reach locations such as pots on porches or pool deck areas.
Heads Up Sprinkler Co. encourages you to understand our North Texas soil so you can better protect your biggest investment – your home. Homes in North Texas are frequently built on a slab foundation. The land where our suburban development has taken place was once prairie and farmland.
Recognizing the composition, permeability, porosity, soil strength & bonding characteristics of our soil – Blackland Prairie, will help you to better understand that managing the moisture content is an important role as a successful homeowner. Our soil is mostly clay, containing lots of tiny capillary through which water can move. Adding water to the soil is limited by the field capacity of each type of soil. Clay soil like ours is "full" (reaches field capacity) after only ¼” of water is applied. Once “full” our soil needs to rest to allow the current water within to percolate down through the soil and create more space in the upper layers, allowing for absorption of another ¼” after an hour.
Maintaining even moisture content is critical towards helping prevent expansion and contraction of the soil. This expansion and contraction is what causes the soil to shift and allows movement of the slab holding our homes to shift as well.