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Getting Started On Your Drip System

  • Sketch a detailed layout of your landscape

    Although it does not need to be to scale, include all planting areas, trees and plant types, the water source, and any existing watering systems.

    Ascertain the amount of water pressure available to your system

    Drip system parts are designed to run on lower water pressure than other sprinkler parts, about 20-30psi. Check your system pressure to see if a pressure regulator is need to bring your water pressure down.

    Do you need a drip system filter?

    Because drip irrigation parts have such a low application rate, they are much more sensitive to dirt and debris and might easily become clogged. A drip filter on a system can trap particles before they block the flow of water in your system.

    What is the connection type you will be using? Outside faucet or electric valve?

    Know what your water connection size and inlet type will be.

    What will you use to distribute the water in the correct amounts to your plants?

    Drip irrigation systems can generally be grouped into four categories: Drip Emitters, Micro Sprays,Distribution Tubing, and Bubblers. Among these, there are different models that will emit different amounts of water. Drip emitters, called point-source distribution, deliver the water close to the base of the plants, and subsequently close to their root systems. Micro Sprays deliver water in a similar form to regular spray sprinklers, only in a scalled-down version, spraying less water with a smaller radius. Distribution Tubing, called line source distribution, is used in more densly planted areas where the emitters do not need to be aligned perfectly with the plants. Bubblers are emitters that generally have threaded inlets. They bubble or flood out water a short distance, and are perfect for shrubs, trees, and flower beds.

     

    Components of a Drip Irrigation System

    Drip Connection Components

    Learn what you need to get your drip system up and running! Drip valves, drip filters, pressure regulators, adapter fittings...
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    Installing Drip Connection Parts

    Drip Distribution Pieces

    Learn what you need to get your drip system up and running! Drip valves, drip filters, pressure regulators, adapter fittings...
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    Installing Drip Distribution Parts

     

    Installing Your Drip Irrigation System

    Installing Drip Connections
    Installing Drip Emitters and Tubing

     

    Benefits of Drip Irrigation

    Drip irrigation a.k.a. trickle irrigation or micro- irrigation is a low pressure, efficient way to water your Garden, flowers, trees and shrubs. Used by farmers, greenhouses and residential gardeners alike. Drip irrigation has many benefits that make it useful almost anywhere. For more information on how to get started check out our Drip irrigation How-To.

    Water Savings: By applying water only where it is needed you can have significant water savings, up to 90%! The cost of installing a Drip Irrigation system is generally much lower than installing a traditional sprinkler system. Using localized application means there is less chance of run-off, evaporation, wind carry, and soil erosion.

    Easy to install: With so many products available in drip irrigation, it is extremely easy to install, use, maintain and control.

    Healthy, Happy Plants: By delivering water directly to the plants roots there is an ideal amount of air and water in the soil causing less stress on the plants. You can also reduce the risk of diseases caused by overwatering, making your plants happier and healthier.

    Weed control: Applying water only where it is needed will reduce weed growth, keeping your flower beds and gardens looking better than ever.

    Precise water control: The low, precise application makes it easy to apply water where is is needed. The application rate can be easily controlled by using the different distribution pieces.