Above: Drip emitters deliver water to plant root zones with very little waste.
Drip irrigation (commonly known as “drip”) directs water right to where plants need it—at their root zones. Using a network of poly-propylene tubing, drip irrigation releases a slow trickle of water through properly placed emitters. As long as this type of irrigation system is properly installed, closely monitored and efficiently maintained, drip is a highly efficient water-delivery method. Drip emitters are often located under mulch, so, with a drip system, very little water is lost due to evaporation. In most cases, drip irrigation is the preferred form of landscape irrigation in New Mexico.