Down and Dirty Guide to Irrigation – What Equipment To Purchase and When To Use It

Down and Dirty Guide to Irrigation – What Equipment To Purchase and When To Use It

May 25th 2016

There are “Dummies” guides to almost every pursuit a person could take up, but what happens when you want to plant a new crop or start a garden from scratch? First of all, you’ll need get water to the garden. The prospect of purchasing the right equipment for your irrigation needs can be difficult, even overwhelming. Today I’m going to deliver a quick guide to help you figure out exactly what irrigation equipment you need and when to use it.

After 25 years in the drip irrigation business and more than 40 more years gardening, I have been fortunate to experiment with most every product we carry. I’m about to eliminate that “how do I make sure I’m getting this right” anxiety and give you the information you need to ensure that your landscaping, crop, or garden is a success.

Which Product to Use? “Keep It Simple, Stupid” Works!

Some of my favorite products include the Shrubbler on a stake, Soaker Dripline, the Ein Dor Mini-Sprinklers, Aqua-Traxx drip tape, and Emitter Tubing. Getting familiar with these products will help you to become a plant-whispering virtuoso.

When To Use Everything On My Must Know List

The Shrubbler – A Wide Watering Pattern for Roses & Tomatoes

If you want to grow a healthy crop of tomato plants, the Shrubbler is the best choice. The adjustable Shrubbler’s wide watering pattern will build a big root system. As the tomato plants start to flower, the Shrubbler cap can be turned down to decrease the amount of water provided, signaling the plant to produce lots of juicy and tasty tomatoes. It’s a survival thing!

Roses love being watered by a Shrubbler too as they like water delivered below the leaves. This helps keep the roses free of disease, maximizing their health. The low and wide watering pattern produced by the Shrubbler gives your roses plenty of water. I add the EZ-Flo Fertilizer Injector to my system for delivery of fertilizer as the drip system is running. Roses and tomatoes are heavy feeders.

Watch the Shrubbler in action below and order your own Rose and Shrub Kit.

Soaker Dripline – Great for Raised Vegetable and Perennial Beds

Everyone at DripWorks loves Soaker Dripline. This ¼ inch tubing with factory inserted emitters spaced every 6”, 9”, or 12’ is very versatile, easy to set up, and inexpensive. We use soaker dripline in our raised vegetable and perennial beds, around ornamental shrubs in the landscape,  in low water pressure situations, and in the Smart Pots.

I have Soaker Dripline in my ornamental beds at home because it easily adapts to the curved edges of the landscape. On the ground, simply attach your Soaker Dripline to the mainline with a transfer barb and run it wherever you want.

If you want a quick way to get started, take a look at the kits Garden Bed Kits or Deck Garden Kits. They are, undoubtedly, your shortest path to garden victory. And here’s a video to get you watering right with Soaker Dripline.

The Ein Dor Mini Sprinkler – Low Flat Spray Pattern is Perfect Flower Gardens, Landscape, and in Greenhouses

I love the way these mini sprinklers work and never seem to clog. Using them at home has enabled me to have showpiece gardens year after year. The Ein Dor Mini-Sprinkler is perfect for flower gardens because it covers a wide, 7’ to 15’ diameter with a low, flat spray pattern. It’s a beautiful thing to behold!

If you have a greenhouse, Ein Dors can be used for overhead watering (hung upside down) to give off an even distribution of spray. Run the tubing along rafters or girders with our support clamps or attach the tubing to a wire with trellis hangers and run it from one end of the greenhouse to the other.

Check out the video below and order some Ein Dor Mini-Sprinklers to get going on your showpiece garden today.

Aqua-Traxx Drip Tape – Uniform Water Distribution  Great for Row Crops and Long, Raised Beds

Aqua-Traxx is perfect for row crops and long raised beds. It provides uniform distribution of water over very long distances.  Aqua-Traxx is affordable, durable, and clog resistant. A big plus:  It’s inexpensive.

When covered, Aqua-Traxx typically lasts up to seven years. Put it above ground and it lasts 2-5 years. It’s also great for low-pressure systems.

Want some inspiration? Visit our Gallery of Plans to see a few sample layouts and watch our video about the Drip Tape Row Crop Kit.

Emitter Tubing – A Go-To Solution for Big Plantings

Emitter Tubing is Dripworks most versatile product for larger plantings. This product has pressure-compensating emitters that are factory installed inside the tubing. This means that the flow will be the same out of every emitter, regardless of very long runs of tubing or elevation changes. This feature also eliminates any issues with animals or people knocking off an emitter. It is perfect for hilly terrain, long fence line plantings, landscapes, or multiple plantings such as orchards.

Watch our Emitter Tubing video below for a deeper look.

Now it’s Your Turn – Tell Us What You Think

Are you having a good experience with the products on my go-to list? Or maybe you have a favorite product of your own. Share your experience with Dripworks products in the comments section.