Even a few months ago I had never heard of a micro sprinkler.
That’s probably why, until just recently, I’ve been watering my flowers and landscaping plants with a garden hose.
Does this sound like you? Would you like to get your watering chores done once, and then not worry about it again? Then you may be interested in micro sprinklers, too.
Micro Sprinklers Provide Water to Specific Plants and Small Areas
Irrigation for the homeowner has become one of the hottest new trends. This is because innovations in drip irrigation and micro sprinklers allow moisture to be directed to very specific plants and areas, instead of “broadcast spraying” to the lawn, sidewalk, driveway, you get the picture.
For example, let’s say that you’re considering a drip irrigation system to water your landscaping. You’ll want to drip moisture on your trees and maybe some shrubs and flowers.
Drip irrigation will allow you to place individual drip emitters, or basically little droppers, on each plant. However, let’s say that you have some old and large trees. Just a couple of drip emitters will not be enough to deeply water these trees, since their roots most likely sink down many feet.
This is exactly the purpose for micro sprinklers. They look like tiny sprinkler heads that will spray water on the ground around your trees in 6 to 15 feet diameter, depending upon the sprinkler head you choose.
Installation is Simple Even for the Novice
Micro sprinkler heads are inexpensive, generally less than $10 each, and sometimes much less depending upon manufacturer. Drip emitters range in the neighborhood of about $1 each.
Installation is simple since it has been designed with the homeowner in mind. You lay small diameter rubber tubing (the most common is ¼ inch tubing) between your plants in a continuous “snake,” and connect drip emitters and sprinklers along the route as needed.
The emitters and sprinklers have little “T” connectors. This allows you to push the tubing onto the emitter or sprinkler “T” end, sealing it on. It’s easy!
Then you just lay your emitter head on the ground next to your desired plant, or push the stake holding the sprinkler head into the ground.
You will want to doublecheck the watering area diameter serviced by the head. If you place your sprinkler head 10 feet away from the plants you want to water, but the diameter serviced by the sprinkler is 6 feet, then you won’t get water where you need it.
Once your water lines have been laid, then you’ll want to look into a timer system so that your watering routine can become totally automatic.
Micro Sprinkler Reviews
Reviews have been slow to come, most likely because this is fairly new technology.
Of the reviews I found, people agreed that this is a simple system to use, easy to install and maintain. There were several who stated they found drip irrigation supplies at their local home improvement stores, and that there were also do-it-yourself instructions available there as well.
Bear in mind that the drip emitters, micro sprinklers and tubing are all fairly low-tech, and in many cases made of plastic so they are not intended to last a lifetime. You may find that some of the parts will get stepped on regularly, or one of the pets may dislodge some of the drippers.
You’ll want to check your system a couple of times each season to make sure the water is going where you want it!
Where to Buy Drip Irrigation Supplies
Drip irrigation parts and supplies can be found at most home improvement stores like Lowe’s, The Home Depot, Menards and so on. Many farm and ranch stores also carry them.
Of course, you can always shop online. Amazon and eBay offer a variety of micro sprinklers and other home watering supplies.