The ¼” Micro Drip Line is ¼” micro tubing with .65 GPH @ 25 PSI labyrinth-like inline drip emitters built into the interior wall of the micro tubing at pre-spaced intervals of 6”, 9”, or 12”. The drip line’s discharge flow varies with pressures from a low of 15 PSI to a high of 25 PSI, with higher discharge at higher pressures and lower discharge at lower pressures.
Available in two colors, black or brown, the ¼” micro drip line can be used for plantings in preset spacing, in narrow planting areas, for vegetable garden boxes, window boxes, large pots, closely spaced plants in rows, as well as for hedges, groundcovers, shrubs, and roses. It can also be used around trees by looping a few rounds of drip line around the tree and connecting it to the drip tubing. The drip line is available in a 50’ or 100’ lengths and it is recommended to install a 25 PSI pressure regulator when installing the ¼” drip line. For commercial and residential applications, install this drip line above the ground and if desired cover with mulch to blend with the landscape.
Basic installation recommendations for this product include first reviewing the area and then making a drawing of the garden or site with your preferred layout.
If automation is required, use one of DIG’s hose end timers or battery operated controllers. The ideal controller should have flexible scheduling and two to four start times per day for added flexibility.
Start the installation from a PVC pipe or to pipe thread
1. If the drip system installation is started from a PVC pipe, first shut off the main water supply.
2. If an automated system is preferred, we recommend installing a 3/4” ball valve or gate valve before the battery operated controller or AC valve, if used. This ball valve can be very useful as an emergency backup to turn the system off. This type of arrangement is used by professional installers.
3. Turn the water supply on to flush the line and then shut the water supply off using the new ball or gate valve.
4. Install an AC valve or battery operated controller, wrapping TEFLON tape on all the male thread fittings used.
5. Turn the water supply on again to pressurize the system. The unit will open momentarily and then will shut off.
6. Test the valve or the battery operated controller and make sure that valve or battery operated controller are working correctly. If using a battery operated controller, then program the controller.
7. After the AC valve or battery operated controller add a ¾” screen filter with 155-mesh (model D55). The screen filter is used to protect the drip system. Then add a preset 25 PSI pressure regulator (model D46P) or adjustable pressure regulator (model PRV075). The pressure regulator is used to lower the pressure to the suggested operating pressure for a drip system. Follow with a ¾” swivel adapter (model 50001) to the drip tubing or ¾” PVC threaded x slip adapter to the PVC line.
Start the installation from a faucet or hose thread
- If an automated system is preferred, install one of DIG’s hose end timers.
- Test the hose end timer and make sure that is working correctly, then program the hose end timer. To the hose end timer add a backflow device (model D45), then a 25 PSI pressure regulator (model D46) and then a 3/4" swivel adapter with screen (model C34). If water quality is a concern, we highly recommending using our fine mesh 3/4" filter with 155-mesh (model D57A).
Drip line installation
- Use the ½” drip tubing as the main lateral and lay out the drip tubing per your drawing, securing the drip tubing using the stakes (model R60). Use the stake holders to secure the drip tubing or drip line to the ground in key areas and add more stakes as you unroll the drip tubing. Add stakes every 10-20’ and at the end of each section or as needed.
- Throughout the installation add ½” fittings if needed such as tees (model C35) and elbows (model C36) per your drawing layout, leaving the end of the drip tubing open. To install the 1/2" drip fittings, cut the drip tubing with a hand pruner, being careful to keep dirt from entering the line. Hold the fitting in one hand and the drip tubing or drip line in the other and force the drip tubing or drip line into the fitting by wiggling it from side to side.
- Use the ½” drip tubing as the main lateral and connect the 1/4” drip line to the ½” drip tubing per your layout configuration. To connect the ¼” drip line into the ½” drip tubing, punch a hole into the 1/2” drip tubing, snap the barbed fitting (model H80A or H80B for barb and model H82A or H82B for 1/4” tee) into the hole and push the end of the drip line over the other side of the barb. The 1/4" fittings are available in a barbed connector, tee, or elbow to meet the varying requirements in the installation and layout of the micro tubing and 1/4" drip line.
- Lay the drip line along the planting area or loop the drip line around a tree and secure it to the ground using the stakes (model P31B).
- Turn the water on and flush the line.
- Close the end of the drip tubing using the hose end (model Q58) or figure “8” (model F68B) and then close the end of the ¼”” drip line with the large size of the plug (model G79B).
- Pressure-test the system to identify leaks in the drip tubing laterals, fittings, and drip line and then program the hose end timer or battery operated controller.
About the soil and suggested watering intervals:
• Sandy soil or light textured soil: Water percolates straight through before it can spread far enough horizontally, so apply water at close intervals such as every other day for 20 to 90 minutes depending on plant size and type, daylight conditions (full sun, partial sun or shaded), and weather pattern (cold to hot) with the plants under full sun in hot conditions getting the longer period.
• Loamy soil or medium textured soil: This is the ideal soil condition with water moving slowly and spreading evenly, so apply water at wider intervals such as every two to four days for 15 to 90 minutes depending on plant size, type, daylight conditions (full sun, partial sun or shaded), and weather pattern (cold to hot) with the plants under full sun in hot conditions getting the longer period.
• Clay soil or heavy textured soil: Water is absorbed very slowly, so apply water at longer intervals such as every three to five days for 30 to 60 minutes depending on flow rate, plant size and type, daylight conditions (full sun, partial sun or shaded), and weather pattern (cold to hot) with the plants under full sun in hot condition getting the longer period.
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