DIG ST100AS Drip & Soaker Tape Vegetable Watering Kit is ideal for use on rows of fruits or vegetables such as beans, lettuce, strawberries, cucumbers, melons, tomatoes peppers, eggplants and many more. The kit’s watering tape is a flat, thin-walled tape containing pre-spaced .5 gallon per hour (GPH) @ 25 PSI In-line drip emitters welded into the drip soaker tape every 12”. The tape expands when filled with water and allows for complete saturation coverage along the line. The kit includes a 3/4” backflow preventer, flow control, 3/4” swivel adapter, 5’ of our premium 1/2” drip tubing with .600 ID x .700 OD, 100′ of drip tape with pre-inserted drip emitters every 12”, five connectors to start five rows, five end connectors and all other parts needed to complete or extend the system.
The drip soaker tape requires special fittings, available in a number of configurations, for exclusive use with the drip soaker tape.
|ST100AS||Drip & Soaker Tape Drip Irrigation Vegetable Watering Kit |
The ST100AS Drip & Soaker Vegetable Watering Irrigation Kit can be used in vegetable gardens and row plantings. The kit has 100′ of drip tape with pre-inserted drip emitters every 12” for even uniformity along the length of the line. The drip tape is ideal for use on crops grown in rows such as blueberries, strawberries, cucumbers, melons, boysenberries, raspberries and many others.
This kit can be started from a 3/4” garden hose or faucet/spigot. If intending to expand the system, we highly recommend installing a 25 PSI pressure regulator (not included) after the backflow preventer and removing the flow control. The pressure regulator is used to lower the incoming pressure of the system to the suggested operating pressure of 25 PSI, which is within the range of recommended pressures for a drip irrigation or micro sprinkler system. The instruction manual for this kit can be found in the kit package. After the growing season is over, the drip tape can be removed for storage until the next crop or season, or it can be recycled or disposed of.
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. For established pot plantings, short watering times are recommended.
We provide the following installation steps as general suggestions; there are other ways to install this kit.
a. 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 ring clockwise to lock in place.
b. Lay out the 100’ drip soaker tape near the row of vegetables or between two close rows (6”-10” apart). Extend the drip tape a few extra feet past the end of the row.
a. Lay out the drip tubing perpendicular to the vegetable garden rows.
b. Near each row, punch a hole in the 1/2” drip tubing using the tool punch included in this kit and insert the barbed end of the drip soaker tape reducer (model ST13B) into the 1/2” poly tubing.
c. Connect the drip soaker tape to the other end of the drip soaker tape reducer by turning the ring counterclockwise to expose the barb, then push the end of the soaker tape over the barb, and thread the ring clockwise to lock in place.
d. Lay out the 100’ of drip tape near the row of vegetables or between two close rows (6”-10” apart). Extend the drip tape a few extra feet past the row.
Note: To expand the kit we highly recommend continuing with the same model drip soaker tape. Review the instruction manual included with the kit for complete details.