Do you have drip-irrigation installed on your property? If so, then I have some questions for you! First up, did you install the system yourself? And next; do the water lines require annual maintenance? Read on, and I’ll show you three of the gardens at Clover Hill where drippy-drip-drips are needed the most: Boxwood Garden. Here, my only concern is the roses that grow inside boxwood-framed beds. Drip irrigation, targeted at each rose bush, seems the way to go. But how to install drip lines in the 8 beds that are separated by brick paths? Ah, that is the question.
Herb Garden. Pin-pointed irrigation would be welcome in the 4 raised beds here. Not welcome? Black plastic tubes snaking between the beds. Can drip lines be installed in some…aesthetically-pleasing way?
Kitchen Garden. This garden is equipped with 12 raised beds. Can I have dripping without the fear of…tripping?
I watched a drip-irrigation video tutorial the other day. “Installation is easy!” claimed the perky-voiced narrator. Then she described, in mind-numbing detail, how to snip, twist, clip, and clamp what appeared to be 8 million tubes, rings, and threaded things. I nodded off for much of the video’s how-to segment. But I awoke in time to hear the narrator’s closing statement: “If you live in a region where winters are even moderate, then you will need to dismantle your system and store it in a dry location. This way, your drip irrigation will be ready for use when spring arrives.”
Oops. I live in a region where winters are SEVERE. Does this mean I’ll have to pull up bricks, etc. yet again before winter sets in? The very thought makes me shudder.
If you employ drip irrigation on your property, please let me know if you “undo” your work when summer is over. Also, just to recap, I’d love to know if you installed your drip system yourself, or if you hired out the job. I know that drip irrigation is great for both plants and the environment, but setting up such a system at Clover Hill seems rather…daunting.
A penny for your thoughts!