The Q&A Archives: Drip gardening

Question: Want a hose with feeders you can put in to make a slow drip feeding garden. I saw one once, it had a hose with lots of little tube feeders put in where the plants were located. What is this called, and where can I purchase?

Answer: Sounds like you want to construct a drip system for your landscape. There are brochures at your local garden center to help you design just the right type of system and there are parts lists, as well. In general you will need a timer and a connector for your existing outdoor faucet. You may also need a pressure regulator. You will need a hose fitting - connects the tubing to the pressure regulator. Tubing - 1/2, 1/4, 3/8, 5/8, or .710 depending on the needs and manufacturer. Used for the main supply line and smaller lines for individual plants and containers. Tubing is usually made from black polyethylene. The smaller "microtubes" can be used in tight spaces and are easily disguised. Fittings - Straight - used to connect one section of tubing to another Elbow - to allow right angle turns Tee - fittings are used to split the direction End fitting/figure eight - closes the system at the end of the line Emitters - available with different flow rates to accommodate the needs of the plant. Located at soil level or elevated on stakes or risers. There are several types, choose based on where you want the water to go. All are rated by their GPH delivery. Bubblers - often used for trees and shrubs - deliver more water in less time Dripper - slow, low quantity delivery right at the root system. Mister - provides humidity Hole punch - used to make insertion points in the tubing where emitter are located Goof plugs - securely stop up the hole you punched by mistake (or allow you to move an emitter without replacing the tubing) Barbed Adapter - used to connect tubing and emitters Riser - allows emitters to be placed above the plants Stakes - secure with stakes to elevate ? prevent clogging by soil or bugs Hope this information helps you design an efficient drip system for your landscape.

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