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How Much Does Drip Irrigation Cost?

 
low costLow: DIY Kits Run $15-$90 average costMedium: DIY Custom Sets Run $40-$100+high costHigh: Hiring a Professional Runs $1,000-$3,000, Designed and Installed
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Also referred to as trickle irrigation or micro irrigation, drip irrigation targets specific flowers, vegetables, shrubs and trees without watering any of the surrounding area. A drip system applies water slowly and directly to the root zone through a plastic tube and/or PVC pipe. While an automatic sprinkler system is commonly used for watering a lawn, drip irrigation is efficient and effective at watering selected plants where they need it the most.

Typical costs:

  • Pre-packaged drip irrigation kits start around $15-$90 for a basic setup for a small area (approximately 100-250 square feet) and can run $100-$500 for a higher-quality, more complex kit that will water a larger area.
  • Buying the individual parts to design and install your own do-it-yourself custom irrigation system to water backyard landscaping and/or vegetable/flower beds can cost anywhere from $40-$100 in materials per 100 square feet, depending on how many watering lines are needed and how complex you make your system, according to ThisOldHouse.com[1] . That works out to $200-$500 for materials for a 20x25-foot area (500 square feet).
  • Hiring a professional to design and install a drip irrigation system for your landscaping and garden beds can run $1,000-$3,000 or more for a typical home, depending on location and the complexity of the drip system.
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What should be included:
  • Because drip irrigation delivers water slowly and directly, almost no water is lost to evaporation. While automatic sprinkler system are 50-70 percent efficient, drip irrigation is more than 90 percent efficient. Drip irrigation works well for perennial borders, shade gardens, hedges and vegetable gardens.
  • A typical home drip irrigation system includes a water valve, a backflow preventer (to avoid contaminating the main water supply), a pressure regulator, a filter, a tubing adapter, drip tubing, emitters (which slowly release water from the drip tubing) and end caps. The system may also include a timer, so the watering is turned on and off automatically. IrrigationTutorials.com provides an overview[2] of a basic drip irrigation system, as well as explaining the basic parts[3] of a system.
  • Installing your own drip system can be time-consuming, but does not require a lot of skill. Lowe's provides video instructions[4] for installing a basic drip system.
  • Check with your local planning department for any related regulations; many areas require the use of a backflow preventer to avoid contaminating the main water system.
Shopping for drip irrigation:
  • Manufacturers of drip irrigation kits/parts include Mister Landscaper[5] and Rain Bird[6] . Pre-packaged drip irrigation systems or the parts to design your own custom system are available through Amazon[7] and other online sources; or at home improvement centers.
  • Search for local companies through the Irrigation Association[8] or check with a state or regional organization[9] of the American Nursery & Landscape Association.
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External Resources:
  1.  www.thisoldhouse.com/toh/how-to/intro/0,,1088902,00.html
  2.  www.irrigationtutorials.com/dripguide.htm
  3.  www.irrigationtutorials.com/drip-parts.htm
  4.  www.lowes.com/cd_Lowes+Video+Center_94400869_
  5.  secured.misterlandscaper.com/default.aspx
  6.  www.rainbird.com/homeowner/referral/referral.htm
  7.  www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_ss_ol/104-2476296-2649550?url=search-alias%3Daps&field-keywords...
  8.  www.irrigation.org/Membership/Find_a_Member_Company.aspx
  9.  www.anla.org/index.cfm?area=&page=Content&categoryID=35
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