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Planning

How do I begin planning my system?
Our website contains a wealth of information, including videos, FAQ's, a planning guide, and examples of plans.
Do you have examples of other plans?
Our new "Gallery of Plans" are examples for you to view.
What is the best product(s) to use to water a large vegetable garden?
Drip Tape is most commonly used in large vegetable gardens with straight rows. For perennial gardens, some use Drip Emitter Tubing (DET) because of its greater longevity and its ability to be installed where curves are desired.
As a drip irrigation "newbie", what is the best way to get started?
We recommend you try one of our complete Drip kits. We also suggest getting to know our website better, with tutorials, videos and other learning resources available with just a click.
Can I use drip emitters or micro-sprayers on my lawn?
Due to the minimal flow release of emitters and micro-sprayers, they should not be used on lawns. Use conventional pop-up sprinklers.
When is the use of spray preferable to drip emitters?
Spray is beneficial when planting seeds that are spaced very close, or broadly scattered. It is also a less expensive way to distribute water over larger beds of low-growing ground covers and other plantings. Plants that like water on their leaves do well with spray; for those that do not use drip. Consult your local nursery for specifics.
How far apart should I space inverted misters in my greenhouse?
Typically, you want to space them at their radius distances so that one sprayer shoots to the base of the next sprayer for "head to head" coverage. You can also install them closer than their radius distances to create an overlap, reducing or eliminating the "cutout" that results from imposing a circular spray pattern over a grid of squares.
Can I mix spray with drip within the same system?
It is possible to mix spray with drip, but managing the needs of different plants takes some attention to detail. Watering times may vary between plants being sprayed and those being dripped, so you may want to create sub zones using inline valves. You can also use individual battery operated timers or electronic timer valves on each sub zone to automate your system.
Can I convert a sprinkler irrigation system into a drip irrigation system?
Absolutely! Typically you will need an adapter, filter, and pressure regulator for each drip zone. For more info go to Sprinkler to Drip Conversion.
What size supply line should I be using?
The size of your supply line should be determined by the amount of water available* and the amount of usage within the system. ½" tubing is sufficient for most uses and can carry 240 GPH (gallons per hour). If a watering zone requires more than 240 GPH, use ¾" or larger tubing. *Most domestic water systems have at least 480 GPH available.
I have a 2" pipe feeding a watering zone. What size inline electric valve should I use for this part of my system?
Check the total flow of your system. The size of your valve should be determined by the flow rate of the smallest zone and not necessarily the size of the pipe. Larger valves require higher flow rates, so check the flow ratings of the valve before you purchase it and make certain the amount of water you are using in your system is correct for the valve.
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