Drip irrigation is an amazing innovation. In a world where we are trying to save as much of our precious water as possible, drip allows us to get the biggest bang for the buck.
But drip can also be confusing because of the many options and configuration pattern possibilities. One area that often raises more questions than answers is drip tubing. But we’ll break it down for you so you can choose which tubing is right for your situation.
Drip tubing can be broken down into three categories: distribution, soaker and emitter, and those typically come in quarter and half-inch varieties.
The first we’ll talk about is distribution tubing. Distribution tubing is sold, fully enclosed tubing perfect for getting water from the source to the point of exit. There are no holes or emitters along the tubing. This is the right choice if you want to get water from a manifold to a sprinkler or button emitter. When you need a customized, laser focused approach to drip—be it unevenly spaced plants, or plants that have differing water needs—then distribution is the way to go.
Soaker tubing is great for ground cover, or tightly packed flowerbeds. As the name suggests, soaker tubing soaks the ground. The tubing has a sponge-like construction that drips or sweats water all along the tubing’s length.
Finally, emitter tubing is great when you have evenly spaced plants with uniform watering needs. Emitter tubing has 1 gallon per hour emitters built in every 12-inches, perfect for flowers, shrubs and hedges. These also work great in planter boxes and vegetable or fruit gardens.
Choosing the right tubing is the perfect way to make sure your saving as much water as possible while getting peak performance out of your system.