Gardening Books - DRIP IRRIGATION
for Every Landscape and all Climates

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This remains the only detailed book written exclusively about drip irrigation for the home gardener. Lynne Ocone of Sunset Magazine called it “The last word on drip irrigation,” and adds “[This] book is infused with good humor, abundant illustrations and clear and logical explanations.”  

Drip Irrigation for Every Landscape and All Climates provides step-by-step instructions for assembling custom-designed drip systems for every part of your landscape. It also details and describes the highest-quality parts for each project, and lists reliable suppliers from whom they’re available. (Forget about those pre-packaged kits unless you want to wind up with one or more bogus parts.) 

This book will show you how to provide water most efficiently to the entire root system of your garden. All the drip systems described and illustrated in its pages can be adapted and used in various ways, whether to keep plants alive during a drought, provide different amounts of water to different parts of the garden or make an impressive improvement in the growth of ornamentals and the yields of vegetable, nut and berry crops. 

In the 1980s, horticulturist Art Gaus supervised a study at the University of Missouri at Columbia in which watermelons grown with drip irrigation, using plastic ground covering  as “mulch,” produced 32 pounds of melons in a 4’ by 4’ test plot, as compared to 9-16 pounds for melons grown with typical irrigation. From this experience Art estimates that “A well-timed drip system could mean a 100% increase in yields.” 

• “You can't predict a dry year, but you can learn to water wisely. Soaker hoses and drip systems use less water than sprinklers do. For information on drip systems, Robert Kourik's "Drip Irrigation for Every Landscape and All Climates" is a good resource (”
- From: What to Grow When Water's Scarce, by Barbara Damorsch in the November 1st, 2007 issue of the Washington Post.

In 1996, the well-respected gardening newsletter the Avant Gardener selected Drip Irrigation for Every Landscape and All Climates as number seven on its list of “25 best Books of the Past 25 Years.” 

“The ‘new Bible’ of drip…with drop-by-drop diamonds of wisdom. Replaces all previous books on the subject.” — Peter Warshall, Whole Earth Review

“Finally, there’s a complete reference on the subject [of drip irrigation]. With the book’s clear diagrams, [Kourik] makes installing a drip system look as easy as popping together a Lego™ set.” — Jack Ruttle, National Gardening Magazine.

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