Drip Soaker Tape is a flat, thin-walled hose containing pre-spaced drip emitters, that expands when filled with water. The model ST100R for 100’ and ST500 for 500’ drip soaker tape have in-line drip emitters, welded into to the drip soaker tape every 12” during the extrusion process, allowing for complete saturation coverage along the line. Ideal for drip irrigation of vegetable gardens and row crops including tomatoes, strawberries, melons, peppers, eggplants and more, drip tape can be installed above or below ground or under mulch. The most efficient use of drip soaker tape is with low flow drip emitters, closely spaced to achieve the desired wetting pattern. Homeowners are successfully using a range of drip irrigation techniques including drip soaker tape systems to grow a variety of crops without the use of traditional sprinkler systems. The drip soaker tape requires special fittings, available in a number of configurations, for exclusive use with the drip soaker tape.
|ST100R||100 ft. Coil of Drip Soaker Tape with drippers every 12 in. |
|ST500||500 ft. Coil of Drip Soaker Tape with drippers every 12 in. |
Drip Soaker Tape is a drip irrigation method for watering vegetable gardens, row crops and flowerbeds, or where total saturation is desired along a straight, narrow path of the drip tape. The drip soaker tape is a flat drip tape with .8 GPH @ 25 PSI labyrinth-like flow path drip emitters welded into the inside diameter of the tape every 12”. When filled with water, the drip tape expands and disperses the water through the pre-inserted drip emitters. Operating pressure for this product is 10 to 25 PSI. We highly recommend installing a 25 PSI preset pressure regulator and a filter at the beginning of the line. The drip soaker tape can be used below or above the ground and can be covered by mulch. The drip tape can be installed in a sub-surface layout 4” to 8” deep, depending on the crop and soil type.
To use drip irrigation in vegetable gardens, it is best to water early in the morning before the temperature begins to rise, allowing excess moisture on leaves and top soil to dry before fungal and other diseases can develop. The most common cause of early plant death is over watering. Using drip irrigation can help sustain healthy plants by applying water directly to the plant root zone when and where it is needed.
The drip soaker tape requires special drip soaker tape fittings that are different in design from those used with 1/2” drip tubing, in that they work with a twisting lock device rather than with compression. See link to our drip tape fitting: https://www.digcorp.com/product-residential/drip-soaker-tape-fittings/
DIG provides the following installation steps as general suggestions. There are other ways to install this product.
When designing a drip irrigation system using drip tape, first identify the number of similar irrigation zones needed. Irrigation zones can be based on factors such as type of vegetable crop, total flow available in a given time (see drip tape flow rate), field length and soil texture. Once the zones are designed and the drip system is selected, an irrigation schedule must be set up to meet the unique needs of the crop in each zone. A properly designed and installed drip system will provide better uniformity for many years and can improve crop production.
Use the drip tape to 1/2” drip tubing connector (model ST15) to connect the drip tape to the end of the drip tubing for a single line of drip tape. This one line can be extended up to 280’ long using the drip soaker tape connector. First, connect the 1/2” drip tubing to the compression side of the connector by pushing and wiggling the 1/2” drip tubing into the adapter end. Connect the drip soaker tape to the other end by first turning the ring counter-clockwise to expose the barb, then pushing the drip soaker tape over the barb, and finally threading the sleeve clockwise to lock in place.
b. Lay out the 100’ drip soaker tape (model ST100R) near the vegetables row or between two close rows (6”-10” apart). Extend the drip tape a few extra feet past the end of the row.
Additional 1/2” drip tubing may be added to the 5’ section in this kit and used as the main line. Lay out the 1/2” drip tubing perpendicular to the vegetable garden rows. Near each row, punch a hole in the 1/2” drip tubing using a tool punch (model D44) and insert the barbed end of the drip soaker tape reducer (model ST13B-pack of two) into the 1/2” poly tubing. Connect the drip soaker tape to the other end by first turning the ring counter-clockwise to expose the barb, then pushing the drip soaker tape over the barb, and finally threading the sleeve clockwise to lock in place. Lay out the 100’ drip tape near each vegetable row or between two close rows (6”-10” apart). Extend the drip tape a few extra feet past the row.
NOTE: Install the drip soaker tape in straight lines only.
A report from Cal Poly San Luis Obispo’s Research Center (ITRC) reveals that closely spaced drip emitters can improve salinity, provide a better wetted pattern and increase crop quality.