This is a suggestion for using a drip system in a garden or for long line along a fence with flowers, shrubs, groundcover and trees. This recommendation can be used on medium to heavy soil.
Suggestion for home garden:
With this suggestion we recommend using the 1/2 inch .700 OD drip tubing as the main line. The 1/2 inch drip tubing can deliver the water in a curving or long path to the flowers, shrubs, groundcover and trees. Use the drip emitters for individual plants, for plants that are spaced close together in a row or in the path of the 1/2 inch drip tubing by inserting the drippers directly into the 1/2 inch drip tubing. Individual plants that are far-off from the path of the 1/2 inch drip tubing, use 1/4 inch micro tubing as the feeder line and insert the drippers at the end of the micro tubing, near the plant and secure the dripper with a stake.
With these suggestions you can water a diversity of plants on the same zones or faucet.
To resolve the issue of various plants sizes such as trees, shrubs, roses, and vegetables in different size and height see our suggestion for the number of drippers recommended per plant
For a garden area with a diversity of plants and spacing between the plants, our recommendation is to use one type of dripper such as 1GPH or drip line with 12 to 18 inches spacing. The main feature of this option is to allow the user to know the total flow rate of the system, and by adjusting watering time providing the right amount of water to all the plants.
- For plants closely spaced, use 1 GPH (4 liters) dripper every 10 to 12 inches (20-30 cm) apart or drip line with 12 or 18 inches spacing.
- Small plants up to 2 feet high spaced few feet apart, use 1 GPH dripper per plant or drip line with 18 inches of spacing.
- Plants 2' to 3' high, (50-75 cm) use 2 drippers 1 GPH (4 liters) per plant spaced 12 inches apart or drip line with 12 inch spacing.
- Plants 3' to 5' high, (75-100 cm) use 3 to 4 1-GPH (4 liters) drippers per plant, spaced 12 inches (25 cm) apart or loop the drip line around the plant.
- Plants 5' to 7' (100-150 cm) high, use 4 to 6 1-GPH (4 liters) drippers per plant, spaced 12 inches apart or loop the drip line around the plant with the drippers.
Parts needed to start a system from a faucet: To automate the system our suggestion is to use a battery operated controller (optional) from there attach a backflow device, as well as a filter to protect the drip and micro sprinklers from plugging. In addition, be sure to add a 25-PSI pressure regulator after the filter. For a long run of 1/2 inch drip tubing (400'-500' long), use the adjustable pressure regulator.
All of our drip line and fittings are UV resistant, and are good for above ground installation
- Optional battery operated controller model 9001
- 3/4 inch FHT back flow device model D45 (#10). Connect it to the controller or if a controller is not use, connect directly to the faucet.
- 3/4 inch FHT screen filter with a 155 mesh, model D57A (# 13). Connect it to the backflow device.
- 3/4 inch FHT 25 PSI pressure regulator model D46 (#4). Connect to the filter.
- 3/4 inch FHT swivel adaptor model C34 (# 18). If you need to split the line into two sections in at the faucet use a tee model C38 (#22). Connect it to the pressure regulator.
- 100 feet 1/2 inch drip tubing model B36. Connect to the swivel adaptor and run drip tubing between or near the plants, if more than 100' is needed, use the 500 foot model B37.
- 100' 1/4 inch micro tubing model B38100. You can use the 1/4 inch micro tubing to extend to plants that are far-off from the 1/2 inch drip tubing. If all the plants are next to the path of the 1/2 inches drip tubing, then the 1/4 inches micro tubing is not needed.
- 1/4 inch barb model H80A or H80B (#25). Connect the 1/4 inch micro tubing by punching hole in the 1/2 inch drip tubing, inserting the 1/4 inch barb, and pushing the 1/4 inch micro tubing onto the barb.
- 1/2 inch coupling (if needed) model C33 (#17). To connect two pieces of 1/2 inch drip tubing.
- 1/2 inch hose ends model F68B(#55). After you install the 1/2 inch drip tubing and before you install the drippers, be sure to flush the line, and close the end of the 1/2 inch drip tubing. Next, pressurize the system again, and make sure there are no leaks.
- 1 GPH PC dripper model B221B (#30). Attach the dripper directly to the 1/2 inch drip tubing or to the end of the 1/4 inches micro tubing.
- Punch model D44 (#52). Punch holes in the 1/2 inch drip tubing for insertion of drippers.
- Goof Plugs (if needed) model G79B (#56). If you have a hole on the 1/2 inch drip tubing, you can use the plug to close the hole.
Program a controller to run approximately 45 min. to 1 hour every two days, depending on your location and soil type. After a week check the soil moisture and health of the plants, adjust the watering time if necessary.