A quick search online will turn up a great deal of general information about drip irrigation, usually provided by the irrigation manufacturers themselves. These companies, like the well-known manufacturer Rain Bird, have been selling variations of Gardener’s Drip Kits at big box retailers for some time.
The attractive price grabs the attention of many home gardeners, but they quickly find the limitations of these cheap drip kits.
The most common concerns and complaints we hear from homeowners are:
- The Installation process is complicated and there are too many parts
- The kits are designed to hook up to a hose bib and not for converting sprinklers to drip
- The small emitters get clogged and don’t water the plants
- Drip doesn’t water the plants enough
- The pressure needs to be right for it to work effectively
- The water needs to be filtered, and the system needs to be checked on a regular basis
- The tubing is unsightly
- Animals eat the tubing
In designing our Switch2Drip Kits, we took into consideration all of these concerns, and are providing solutions that are easier for homeowners to implement themselves:
- Our Switch2Drip guide was written in the plainest language possible, specifically for homeowners. Our first guide was comprehensive and covered many different situations. Now we’ve made it even easier by narrowing it down to just the installation instructions you need to install your kit at your house and reprogram your controller. If you get stuck, we offer 30 minutes of free telephone support with all orders.
- Our Switch2Drip Kits are specifically designed for converting water-hog sprinklers to drip irrigation. Our instructions do not cover container plants or veggie gardens, though our kits can be used for those purposes with a little outside-the-box thinking and a few extra pieces of equipment.
- The premium drip tubing in our kits is made by Netafim. The emitters are built into the tubing to reduce installation time and and confusion. We use Techline CV which has check valves built into the emitters to prevent water leaking out of the tubing after the controller turns off the valve. Techline emitters are designed not to clog, even if it is installed underground.
- The size of our Techline CV tubing is longer-lasting than commonly sold 1/4-inch drip tubing and less likely to disconnect itself from the rest of the tubing. It is dark brown in color, and can be buried OR laid on the surface and covered with mulch.
- We provide you with guidance on how long to water a drip irrigation station (valve). It is important to remember drip irrigation has a very slow application rate of about a half gallon per HOUR! Most people don’t realize this, and they don’t water long enough, resulting in the plants drying out or wilting. We walk you through making sure you’re watering your plants long enough.
- Our Switch2Drip Kit takes the guessing out of having the right pressure. Our conversion kit has a pressure regulator built right in, and there is no need for a complicated pressure regulator installation.
The converter has two filtration components to keep your drip emitters unclogged for a long period of time. It is easy to clean, and our specially-designed End-of-Line kit makes it easy to periodically flush the system for maintenance.
- We do not promote or use unsightly 1/4-inch “spaghetti tubing” for landscape situations, unless you need to get an emitter to a potted plant. Spaghetti tubing ends up popping off (usually due to pressure being too high), gets tripped over and/or dislocated from the plant it is supposed to be watering, and is generally a high maintenance product.
- Animals usually nibble on 1/4-inch “spaghetti tubing” because it is so small and easy to chew through. Our drip tubing is agricultural grade and very tough. If you live in a rural area, you may want to consider burying the tubing a couple inches below the soil surface to further protect it from curious critters!