Easy to install, long lasting, and having the ability to precisely deliver water exactly where you want it are qualities that every busy gardener is looking for. If you have raised beds, an orchard, ornamental trees, row crops, hedges along a fence line, berry crops, containers on a deck, an extensive landscape, a small front yard, or a greenhouse or high tunnel, then ½” Emitter Tubing or ¼” Soaker Dripline are great choices.
½” Emitter Tubing
Emitter Tubing is ½” mainline tubing that has the drip emitters pre-inserted at 9”, 12”, 18”, 24”, or 36” spacing. This versatile and long-lasting product is pressure compensating, the amount of water each emitter gives out is the same regardless of the length of the tubing or changes in elevation. The advantages of using this product are reduced installation time and its durability.
The most common uses for emitter tubing are for orchards, hillside plantings or hilly terrain, long vegetable rows or permanent plantings (lavender, long rows of strawberries, raspberries, blackberries, rose gardens, extensive decorative landscapes, etc.) If you have annuals, ground covers, gardens, large bushes, or perennial shrub beds, use this chart as a guideline.
¼” Soaker Dripline
Soaker Dripline is drip irrigation at its easiest. Small emitters are pre-installed into ¼” tubing at 6”, 9”, or 12” intervals. It is flexible and can be wound through flower beds or borders, around trees or shrubs, run down rows or raised vegetable beds, and can be used in container plantings. It is an inexpensive and effective method for watering a variety of plants and gardens. Soaker Dripline also works well with gravity systems and all systems with low water pressure.
Use Soaker Dripline for:
- Raised beds (use 6”, 9”, or 12” spacing) Use DSD6, DSD9, or DSD12
- Planter Boxes (use 6” emitter spacing = DSD6)
- Window Boxes (use 6” emitter spacing = DSD6)
- Square Foot or Intensive Gardening (use 6” emitter spacing = DSD6)
- Going around bushes and small trees (use 12” emitter spacing)
Battery operated or solar timers are essential to running a drip system efficiently. The main advantages of a quality drip system are saving water, time and money. It does no good to have a well-designed drip irrigation system if you’ve left the water on too long. In our area of the US where it is hot and dry and having a system on 20-30 minutes a day will produce excellent results. A nightmare we hear about once in a while is when a homeowner turns on the faucet to get the system started but forgets to turn it off. Don’t let that happen! Here are some excellent timer choices.
The Easy Program LCD Timer as the name indicates, this an easy to program battery timer that will last for years. With start times from every hour or up to once a week, this sturdy, compact timer can run from 1 minute to 45 minutes or up to 1, 2, or 4 hours. With a 9-volt watertight battery compartment and a manual override, this flip-open LCD will be reliable for years.
Bluetooth LCD Timer is complete with Galcon’s easy-to-use free app (Android and iOS) to your smartphone or tablet, you can remotely manage this Bluetooth-enabled timer. This timer can start up to 4 times a day from 1 minute up to 12 hours. The Bluetooth technology makes this timer a top choice.
The DIG waterproof Solar Powered Timer is an environmentally friendly timer functioning only on clean, renewable, solar power without the need for a battery backup or AC power. The ¾” hose thread inlet and outlet make it easy to attach to any faucet or hose thread fitting. Powered by ambient light, this timer features a large LCD screen that makes it easy to read and program. This timer is rain sensor capable and manual operation is available.
The Zero Pressure Timer is a great off-grid solution where the battery or electric timers just won’t cut it. For low-pressure systems, this timer works great on gravity feed systems where there is a faucet attached to a tank or barrel. It will also operate at pressures up to 125 PSI. It’s the only timer on the market that can handle low pressures, and it is very reliable.