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How to Improve Irrigation Efficiency

Irrigation is the artificial application of water to land or soil and is used to assist in the growing of agricultural crops, maintenance of landscapes, and revegetation of disturbed soils in dry areas and during periods of inadequate rainfall. Besides its primary purposes, irrigation also helps in frost protection, suppressing weed growth, and preventing soil consolidation.

Although an essential part of farming and landscaping, irrigation can be a significant source of water waste. Inefficient practices can lead to overwatering, water runoff, and wasted resources. Fortunately, there are several steps you can take to improve irrigation efficiency and reduce water waste.

System Design

Proper system design is critical for efficient irrigation and should consider factors such as soil type, plant type, slope, and weather patterns. A well-designed irrigation system can help minimise water waste and ensure that plants receive the right amount of water.


Regular maintenance includes checking for leaks, broken sprinkler heads, and other issues that can lead to water waste. Regular maintenance can also help extend the lifespan of your irrigation system, reducing the need for repairs and lowering costs.


Effective management involves monitoring weather patterns, adjusting irrigation schedules based on plant needs, and using smart irrigation technology to optimize water usage. By monitoring and managing your irrigation system effectively, you can reduce water waste and improve plant health.

Water-Saving Techniques

There are several water-saving techniques that can be used to improve irrigation efficiency, such as drip irrigation, which delivers water directly to the roots of plants, reducing water waste and improving plant health. Another technique is mulching, which helps retain soil moisture and reduce the need for watering.


Education is critical for improving irrigation efficiency. By educating yourself and others about the importance of efficient irrigation practices, you can help reduce water waste and promote sustainable water usage. This includes attending workshops, reading educational materials, and sharing information with others in your community.

Efficient irrigation is essential for sustainable water usage and healthy plant growth and is as much about promoting healthy landscapes as it is conserving water and saving money. It is important to implement efficient practices and create a sustainable system suited to the long-term needs of you and your environment, with the flexibility to continuously improve and adapt.

Here at Deepdale, we use our fully automated trickle water irrigation system to optimize efficient water usage and reduce evaporation. This is just one example of how we deliver on what we promise – to find out more please visit our website or call us on 01767 262636.