Woman working in garden while running a drip irrigation system.

Drip irrigation is an efficient way to water your plants and garden, but it’s important to get the timing right. Too little water and your plants won’t thrive, but too much can lead to water waste and soil flooding. So, how long should you run your drip irrigation system?

Drip Irrigation Time for Different Plants

  • Annuals and perennials: Water once or twice a week for about 60 minutes.
  • Trees and shrubs: Water once or twice a month for about 90 minutes or until the water reaches 12″ deep.
  • Vegetables: Water needs vary based on the plant and stage of growth. 60 minutes twice a week as a starting point, but you’ll want to research your specific plants and monitor moisture levels
  • Lawns: Drip irrigation is not typically used for lawns.

Benefits of Drip Irrigation

  • Water efficiency: Drip irrigation delivers water directly to the plant’s roots, reducing evaporation and runoff. Most drip systems are between 85% and 90% efficient.
  • Plant health: Drip irrigation promotes deep root growth, helping plants withstand drought and recover from dry spells.
  • Pest control: Wet leaves are more prone to fungal infections and standing water can attract pests. Drip irrigation reduces these risks.

Tips for Optimizing Drip Irrigation

  • Monitor soil moisture: Use a moisture meter or your finger to check the soil moisture level before watering.
  • Adjust watering times: Increase or decrease watering times based on weather conditions and soil type. Clay soil holds moisture longer than sandy soil.
  • Check for leaks: Regularly inspect your drip system for leaks and clogs to ensure it’s working properly.

Hire a Professional

Watering time for drip irrigation can be complicated. If you’re unsure about how long to run your drip irrigation system, it may be a good idea to hire a professional. 

A professional can help you set up and optimize your drip irrigation system to ensure your plants are getting the right amount of water. 

If you’re in need of professional assistance, consider hiring Sprinkler Master. Our team of experts is skilled in all aspects of drip irrigation and can help you get the most out of your system. Contact us today by calling (435) 760-0827 or check out what repair service we offer.

This is a condensed version of an article on our company’s main website. For the full article visit: How Long Should I Run Drip Irrigation? – Sprinkler Master Repair