The 3 Types of Drip Tubing

Drip Irrigation is one of the most flexible and effective ways to water. Drip Irrigation is a watering system that slowly applies water directly to your plant’s root zone, allowing you to water more plants with less water. Not to mention, since you won’t have water sitting on top of your soil you should see a reduction in weeds and pests. Users of drip irrigation also see significant savings to their wallet because it reduces your annual water usage up to 50%. Drip also offers ultimate flexibility with limitless possibilities of installing an effective system. However, while this is liberating for many it can be daunting for others. We’re here to help. Below, we explain the three types of drip tubing and when to use them.

Distribution Tubing

Distribution tubing does not have any holes in it, making it useful to carry water to your plants if they are spaced a few feet apart. One of the most common methods of using it, is to have the ½ inch distribution tubing act as the mainline for the water, and then to have ¼ inch distribution tubing branch off from the mainline carrying water to each specific plant. Finally install an emitter on the end of each of the 1/4inch tubes to regulate the pressure of the water.

Emitter Tubing

Emitter tubing is ideal for when you have evenly spaced plants with uniform watering needs. Emitter tubing has a hole already punched with 1 gallon emitters built-in the tubing every 12 inches. Gardeners use emitter tubing for flowers, shrubs, vegetable/fruit gardens, or even around the base of trees.

Soaker Tubing

Soaker tubing is made of a sponge-like material that drips or sweats the water out soaking the ground around where you place it. This is the perfect tubing to use if your plants are close together.

The drip tubing you use can make a huge difference in helping you set up the most effective system for your plants and help save water in the process. For more information on tubing visit