FRESNO, Calif. — In the face of drought conditions, watering restrictions, and renewed calls for more intelligent watering practices, homeowners are recognizing that the lawn sprinkler is the primary culprit behind the majority of water waste in today’s landscapes. As homeowners look for a solution to reduce landscape water use, Netafim USA has teamed up with The Gardener Guy, Paul James, to expand homeowner knowledge of the many benefits of drip irrigation when it comes to maintaining a beautiful landscape with limited water availability.
“The videos are not designed to be a step-by-step installation guide, but are specifically for the purpose of providing an overview of how drip irrigation can significantly reduce water use in every part of the landscape.”
Available at www.NetafimUSA.com/savewater, the videos feature Paul James, Master Gardener and former host of HGTV’s Gardening by the Yard, explaining how homeowners can significantly reduce their outdoor water use without the need for a radical landscape transformation simply by converting areas that are watered by sprinklers into more efficient drip irrigation zones.
“The more I travel the country and talk to people about their lawn and gardens, the more I see that many common problems such as water waste, disease and pests are the result of using sprinklers in areas better suited for drip,” said James. “Previously used primarily in non-turf areas, drip irrigation is now being used as an extremely efficient way to water grassy areas by using drip tubing that is specially designed to be used below the lawn’s surface. Subsurface drip irrigation (driplines buried below the surface) reduces water use by up to 70 percent when compared to sprinklers, making it very difficult to justify the continued use of antiquated water-wasting sprinklers.”
Each of these short videos are designed to be primers for homeowners looking for information on the process of converting planter beds to drip irrigation as well as preserving their lawns with the installation of subsurface drip irrigation in turf areas.
The videos also answer some of the most common questions homeowners have about above and below-ground drip irrigation and dispel many of the common misconceptions about installation, maintenance and the efficiency of drip systems.
“The videos are not designed to be a step-by-step installation guide, but are specifically for the purpose of providing an overview of how drip irrigation can significantly reduce water use in every part of the landscape,” said Mauricio Troche, the director of landscape sales and marketing at Netafim USA. “As homeowners are required to significantly reduce their outdoor water usage, we are seeing a tremendous increase in interest for drip irrigation, but we are also finding that most homeowners are still fairly unfamiliar with the installation, maintenance and efficiency benefits provided by drip irrigation technology.”