Most people who work in the landscape or gardening industry know about Drip Irrigation and Micro Irrigation. It's been used in some agricultural areas for over 40 years and is increasingly being used by larger and larger farms and groves for everything from grapes to oranges. This has proven to be a vast improvement on the goals of saving water and wise use of water by the industries that depend on it to survive.
In recent years, large landscape companies have also adopted Micro and Drip Irrigation as a way to water a variety of landscapes, keeping the plants well-nourished and saving 50% or more on water usage. Everywhere you look you can see it, little black stakes in the ground with Micro Sprays hidden behind bushes, Drip Irrigation tubing stretching through landscaped flower beds. With ever-increasing awareness of conservation of water, and the importance of being wise with resources, this trend will continue to improve as time goes on.
All of these things are incredible on their own, but they are just the beginning. Where Drip Irrigation is heading now is into the garden and landscape of the average homeowner. Most homeowners shy away from trying to mess with installing irrigation, for fear that it is too complicated or that they will not do it right and create a disaster that will kill all of their plants. But with droughts at a record high, and the desire of many to establish home gardens, that mentality is quickly changing.
The benefits of using Drip Irrigation and Micro Irrigation are tremendous. It's not just about not wasting water. The plants get what they need rather than too much water, which can lead to fungus growth and premature rot in the root systems. Also, many areas in the country that are under drought conditions will allow home owners to use low-flow irrigation products in their landscapes and gardens, rather than sprinklers.
Right now, homeowners across the country are realizing the need to use water wisely and are looking to install their own Micro and Drip Irrigation systems . We applaud that - and encourage others to do the same. A difference can be made, one garden and landscape at a time!
Below is a current drought map of the United States. As you can see there are a lot of areas where water is more scarce.
Micro Spray benefits: See the spray pattern, easy to maintain, pre-assembled stakes, easy to install. Just snap a hole into 1/2" Poly, insert Flow Controller, thread in mister spray pattern of choice. Use on all types of soil - and water just about any plant or tree you can think of. Very low water use of 10gph with great coverage of root zone.
Dripper benefits: Better for clay soil types, very slow watering, hidden in most landscapes, no wind deflection.
(Little more effort to install, not pre-assembled, need to install several to cover the root zone.)
Using soil type to help in choosing Drip or Micro Sprinklers to water plants, shrubs, trees, landscapes and gardens. Use this checklist below to help you decide which to use for these soil types:
Easy jar test to find your soil type:
1. Fill a large jar 1/2 with soil, then fill rest with clean water.
2. Shake well, then let sit 24 hours or so. Take look at what type of soil you have.
**General suggestion. For best watering duration cycle information, contact local county extension agents.
Drip Irrigaiton Is?
Many people have heard of Drip Irrigation, but not everyone knows what it means, where it came from, or how easy it is to implement into your landscapes and gardens. I wanted to write a quick bit about it and share how awesome this method of irrigation can be for your plants.
What is Drip Irrigation?
Drip irrigation is an irrigation method that saves water and fertilizer by allowing water to drip slowly to the roots of plants, either onto the soil surface or directly onto the root zone, Basically, it means that you can control where the water goes - being extremely efficient, effective and environmentally cautious in your plant development.
Where did it come from?
Drip methods of watering plants where water was scarce have been around for centuries - from ancient times where clay pots were filled with water and allowed to seep into the soil to modern methods that involve poly and vinyl tubing and pressure compensated drippers for a specific flow rate for plants. The more modern version of drip was developed after World War II, and it was used in arid climates to grow crops. That method of drip irrigation is very similar to what is used today. With technology leading the way in water conservation, Drip Irrigation is improving constantly, allowing for more water saving and better irrigation of plants then ever. Electronic water timers and soil moisture sensors can be added to drip systems to make them extremely effective at using water with little or no waste, making Drip Irrigation the most environmentally friendly way to irrigate, outside of natural rain storms.
Installing Drip Irrigation?
When most people think of installing irrigation, pictures of long hot hours in the sun, digging ditches, laying pipes in the ground, and using tools to cut, manipulate and arrange them, come to mind. All of that is how underground irrigation is installed. Installing drip irrigation is actually really easy by comparison. For home garden and landscape use, many times all that is required is a faucet hook-up somewhere near where the irrigation is to be laid. This makes installation really fast and efficient for homeowners to set up. The most simple of Mister Landscaper's Drip Irrigation Kits is set up by attaching it to an outdoor faucet like a hose and running a line of poly to the location where the irrigation is needed. The only tool really needed is a pair of scissors, and maybe a small hammer if you have hard ground.
If a homeowner has underground irrigation, it is even easier to install Drip or Micro Irrigation. For instance, one can easily attach adapters to PVC pipes for existing irrigation and then run lines to the areas where they would like to have drip. Most set up of Drip or Micro Irrigation can take less then an hour to do and can save over 50% of the water used in traditional irrigation methods.
So, if you want to save time, save money, water your plants the best way possible, and most importantly save water for generations to come, Drip Irrigation and Micro Irrigation is the way to go.
Does Mister Landcaper have the best Drip Irrigation on the planet, Well, we think we do.
Have an awesome day!
Adjustable Drippers and Adjustable Dripper Stakes are extremely versatile. They can easily be dialed from a one gallon-per-hour drip up to a ten gallon-per-hour eight-stream spray. Whether watering potted plants or irrigating a flower bed, you’re never more than a couple “clicks” from the ideal gallonage.
Follow this chart to accurately set water usage with our Adjustable Drippers and Adjustable Dripper Stakes.
To begin, make sure the adjustable head is completely closed by turning it all the way to the right. Now, the appropriate gallonage can be set by counting “clicks” as you rotate.
Note: If the adjustable head is rotated to the left beyond what is recommended, it can come off during use. Adjustable heads are NOT available as spare parts.
Here's an oldie but a goodie.
Let's face it. Sometimes pushing 1/4" Fittings into the ends of 1/4" Vinyl Tubing is not something one would say is particularly a snap. Actually, it's not a snap at all. It's more of a sliding motion, really. But I digress.
The fact is, most of us would rather work a little smarter than harder. Well, here's your chance.
To make inserting any 1/4" Fitting into 1/4" Vinyl Tubing as easy as possible, start by soaking the end of the tubing in hot water.
Before beginning your project, fill a mug with water, then microwave it on high for about a minute. (Amount of time depends on the microwave). Next, cut your Vinyl Tubing to length. Soak the end of the tubing in the hot water for about thirty seconds. Now, simply slide the 1/4" Fitting into the end of the 1/4" Vinyl Tubing. The hot water will have softened the vinyl to the degree that the fitting just slips in. Reheat the water as necessary.
It's a simple tip. But if you have to install a large number of 1/4" Fittings, it may just save your fingers.
Ever have one of these in your yard? Chances are you have. They're everywhere. But, honestly, who doesn't love having these small, fluffy critters darting around the backyard? They're cute, right?
Well, perhaps if they're chewing through your Mister Landscaper tubing, they're not so cute. And this is a problem for some.
We've discovered that, on occasion, squirrels will chew through the Mister Landscaper tubing to get to the water. They're thirsty.
The easiest solution is to set out water pans or install a birdbath. As with most things, squirrels will follow the path of least resistance. If water is readily available, they won't bother to chew through your tubing to get it.
However, if squirrels are just not your thing, and you'd rather them be gone altogether, there are alternatives. If you search the internet, you will find everything from homemade pepper concoctions to powdered fox urine. Personally, I like birdbaths. But to each their own.
At Mister Landscaper, we honor and remember those who have paid the ultimate price for our freedoms.
by John McCrae
In Flanders fields the poppies grow
Between the crosses, row on row,
That mark our place, and in the sky,
The larks, still bravely singing, fly,
Scarce heard amid the guns below.
We are the dead; short days ago
We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow,
Loved and were loved, and now we lie
In Flanders fields.
Take up our quarrel with the foe!
To you from failing hands we throw
The torch; be yours to hold it high!
If ye break faith with us who die
We shall not sleep, though poppies grow
In Flanders fields.
Be thankful. Be safe. And have a wonderful Memorial Day weekend.
With each Patio Kit, there are a total of eight Dripper Stakes. And each Dripper Stake can be adjusted to output from zero to ten gallons of water per hour.
There is, however, one thing you should keep in mind when installing a Mister Landscaper Patio Kit - especially if you want to get the most from it.
If you plan on, at any point, simultaneously running all eight Dripper Stakes wide open (10 GPH), it is imperative that you DO NOT run them in a single line. Instead, you must first use one of the included 1/4" Tees and split the system so that it runs in two directions. By doing this, you make sure each stake is receiving the correct amount of water pressure. For reference, you can simultaneously run up to six stakes wide open.
However, if you plan to vary the flow rates between Stakes, then it is okay to run all eight in a single line.
Alternatively, by expanding the system and using Mister Landscaper 1/2" Poly Tubing as the main line, you can increase the number of Stakes to more than 30.
To do this, install a 25 PSI Pressure Regulator and a Poly Faucet Fitting. Then connect and run the 1/2" Poly Tubing around your patio or deck area. Finally, run a single line of 1/4" Vinyl to each Stake. That's it.
Now you know how to get the most from your Patio Kit.
Every once in a while here at Mister Landscaper, an idea comes along that is so simple, it begs the question: Why didn't we think of it before now?
But no matter. Often these little epiphanous moments yield extremely useful tidbits. Take for instance: Cooking oil.
Now, while we certainly did not invent cooking oil, we did discover one of its many uses: Installing a Mister Landscaper system.
It came to our attention not too long ago that certain individuals were having difficulty pushing the 1/2" Poly Tubing onto the 1/2" Poly Fittings (There's a built-in O-ring on the fittings that does provide a bit of resistance). Since we couldn't get rid of the O-ring (it secures the seal), we racked our brains for another solution. That's when it happened. We discovered the nine hundred and seventy-third use for cooking oil.
Here's what you do: After cutting the 1/2" Poly Tubing to length, and before connecting any 1/2" Poly Fitting, apply a bit of cooking oil (olive, vegetable, canola) to the inside of the tubing just at the end. Then push the 1/2" Poly onto the 1/2" Fitting and over the built-in O-ring. Tighten the locking collar as usual. That's it! It's like butta!
And we won't get into the science of it here, but just that little bit of oil creates enough separation between the parts that installation becomes significantly easier. Simple, huh? But it works.
Whoda thunk it?