Drip irrigation Drip irrigation systems take a little more time to set up. You’ve got to lay out the tubing, cut the sections, insert the correct flow valve and place the drippers at the base of the plants. The process, though more involved, makes the system highly customizable and water usage is particularly efficient. Water drips slowly and deeply right where you want it. If you need to span larger areas and want to use less water, consider a drip system.