More and more, I'm really beginning to despise drip systems. Especially since moving to southern Oregon where they TRY to conserve more water, and drip is more common. Too bad their systems are designed on the verge of inadequacy sometimes. Either way, what a pain for manual weeding tools. If you don't want to cut the tubes, spraying is almost an essential. New plants are hard to add. The emitters and stuff get buried in plants and groundcovers so it's near impossible to check the functioning. And what I've learned in the past 25 years, if someone prepares the soil right, mulches properly, waters when it's dark, and applies the water at the right rate with the right nozzles - sprinkler irrigation systems seem to be just as conservative for watering.