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Jan 21, 2017 2:35 PM CST

My name is Nikko Martiano and I am a Boy Scout in Troop 404 in Plano, Texas. I am currently working on my Eagle Project, and my plan is to install a drip irrigation system for a butterfly garden in my church (Prince of Peace Catholic Community). I am just wondering if there is any advice that I can get regarding my project and the installation of the system, and anything specific that I should do/change based on the pictures that I've attached. In addition to that, is there a specific Drip Irrigation Kit that you would recommend?

Thank you in advance!

Nikko Martiano
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Name: Daisy I
Reno, Nv (Zone 6b)
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Jan 21, 2017 3:01 PM CST
Hi Nikko and Welcome! to NGA

What a wonderful project for your church!

Here are a few suggestions for you (I am sure others will have more):

Don't use a kit. Go to Home Depot or Lowe's (or local hardware) and buy the pieces you will need. Figure out in advance what you will need and how much. Whatever store you choose to buy from, keep going back to that store. There are a million different versions of drip and they aren't all compatible.

Putting your lines under ground is a smart move. It will keep the squirrels and sun from destroying them. But, run your underground lines through PVC pipe to keep them from being crushed.

Attach a timer to your water source. Plants watered on a schedule always out perform plants watered by remembering to turn the water on and off.

Don't bother with using flow restrictors - just turn the water faucet down. If you have good water pressure, you should need only one water source.

If you are running off an old sprinkler system, use more than one sprinkler head as your water source, even if they are on the same line.

I can't think of anything else right now.

Have fun with your project!

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Name: Philip Becker
Fresno California (Zone 8a)
Jan 22, 2017 11:59 AM CST
Thumbs up to you ! Young man 😎.
I agree with @daisyl.
Butt ! Check out your local farm supply store. Like Tractor Supply. There stuff isnt out of stock or in a shambles like lowes or home depot.
There comparable to. And you can get 200 or 500 feet rolls of 1/2" line .button emitters with different ratings. Etc. Ohhh!!!! And be sure to buy yourself a plyers that punch hole in drip line where the button emitters go. Those little stick hole punchers are a pain in the keester. Unless you like blisered fingers ### Shrug!
Good Luck 😎😎😎
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Name: Elaine
Sarasota, Fl
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Jan 22, 2017 2:40 PM CST
I have a personal preference, if you'll allow me to recommend the brand that Lowe's carries - Maxi-Jet or aka Mr. Landscaper. Their micro-tubing is much higher quality and their half-inch supply line is also better than the junky brand carried at Home Depot. HD used to carry a brand called "Dig" but now they have the whole line of Rain Bird brand and it is really terrible. In general, micro-irrigation supplies are very reasonable.

I also like to use the micro-sprinklers rather than the button drippers that Philip mentions. This is because of my sandy soil that the water flows through so quickly. A dripper just doesn't wet a very big area so you need to have a dripper for every plant. This takes a lot more pressure to run the system with many individual emitters, if there are a lot of big plants and you have hot weather in the summer.

It does depend upon the type of soil you have. A micro-sprinkler can water up to 4 big plants at once, but a dripper usually will only reach two.

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