Drip irrigation works best for strawberries once plants have formed several leaves. It helps prevent
diseases and insect problems. Place a drip line or drip tape between rows of plants if you have two
rows planted on each bed or alongside plants of single-row beds. You can place drippers appropriate
for the soil type (1 or 2 gallons per hour rate for well-drained sandy loam soil) about 2 inches
(5 cm) away from the crown of each plant. Run the drip system twice a week, long enough to wet the
planting bed thoroughly.
Furrow irrigation also can be used for raised bed plantings.
Make rows no longer than 20 feet (6 meters). Dam the
ends of the furrows between planting beds, then fill
each furrow half to two-thirds full with water and let
it soak into the bed. Repeat furrow irrigation weekly.
Be sure to remove the dams
at the ends of furrows after the beds have been thoroughly
wetted, so that water can drain away from the planting
If salt accumulation becomes a problem, use sprinklers to rinse salts from the beds. Sprinkle heavily
at least twice during the summer; in the morning so that plants can dry off.