A Watering Kit So Your Flower Beds Can Thrive
Today I’m going to show you how to use this Dig Flower Bed Watering Kit to water a flower bed. This kit is available on the Sprinkler Warehouse website and it has all the parts we need to install a complete and functioning micro-sprayer system. I’m Adrian Sanchez, your Sprinkler Warehouse Pro. Let’s get started.
Before we head outside, I busted out the kit, so we can go through the parts. This kit, by the way, will set us up for 160 Square feet of luscious flower beds. We could easily adapt this kit by adding additional distribution tubing, micro sprayers, and stakes to cover about 320 square feet.
Make Sure You Connect The Backflow Preventer For The DIG Drip Kit
This is your backflow preventer. It keeps contaminants from getting sucked back into your drinking water. The kit also includes your pressure regulator which provides the appropriate amount of water pressure to keep your emitters working properly, a swivel adapter, 50 feet of half-inch poly tubing, stakes, 1 1/2-inch tee for your mainline, 2 1/4-inch tees for your micro tubing, and a hole punch. The hole punch is to help you install your emitters and fittings. Then there are 24 feet of 1/4-inch micro tubing with barb assembly, 10-inch adjustable stakes, 6 poly risers, 90-degree sprayers, 180-degree sprayers, 360-degree adjustable vortex umbrella-pattern micro sprayers, hose ends, and finally goof plugs for plugging up holes.
The DIG Drip Kit G77AS Includes:
- 1 3/4″ FHT x MHT backflow preventer
- 1 3/4″ FHT x MHT pressure regulator
- 1 3/4″ FHT swivel adapter with 60-mesh screen x compression with .700 OD(black)
- 1 50′ of 1/2″ poly tubing with .700 OD
- 1 50′ of 1/4″ micro tubing
- 20 1 GPH PC drip emitters (black)
- 2 2 GPH PC drip emitters (green)
- 2 4 GPH PC drip emitters (red)
- 1 1/2″ compression tee with .700 OD (black)
- 1 1/2″ compression coupling with .700 OD (black)
- 1 instruction manual
- 2 1/4″ barbs
- 2 1/4″ barbed tees
- 1 1/4″ barbed ball valves
- 3 1/2″ tubing holder stakes
- 5 1/4″ micro tubing holder stakes
- 2 figure “8” hose ends
- 2 goof plugs
As I said before this is a complete kit and you can use it as is. However, there are a couple of things I’d personally recommend adding to this kit. While the swivel adapter does have a mesh screen on it, a “Y” filter would be a big improvement to that. The filter keeps debris from clogging up your drip emitters. Not absolutely needed but highly recommended. This kit only comes with two goof plugs; you might want to throw a package of those in your cart. They’re really cheap and they come in handy. This kit comes with one compression tee. That’s for your mainline. If you need additional tees, you’ll look for compression fittings that fit 700 OD or you can use barbed fittings that will fit 600ID. There’s a separate video on various types of fittings. I highly recommend you check it out.
Extra Couplers Are Handy When You Need To fix A Supply Line
You could also pick up some couplers to have on hand. If a critter gnaws a hole in your mainline, you’ll have them at the ready for a quick fix. Once again, you can use compression fittings that fit 700 OD or barbed fittings that fit 600 ID. You may want to consider adding a timer to this configuration. Never having to remember to water makes a timer well worth the price.
This Drip Kit Easily Connects To Your Spigot
So, let’s see what installing the kit looks like. This system is going to connect directly to our outdoor faucet. For all of these fittings you just need to screw them on hand tight, so leave the pliers in the garage.
The “Y” connector you see here on the hose bib makes it so you can use the faucet without having to unscrew the drip system. If you decide to purchase one of these it’ll need to have individual shutoff valves for each side. If you happen to have purchased a hose-end timer, it would go on in line before the rest of your head assembly onto your “Y” connector or hose bib. Barring the timer, the backflow device is the first piece of our head assembly.
Attach The Pressure Regulator
If you’ve purchased a “Y” filter, that goes on next. Next in line, screw on the pressure regulator. In this kit, the Pressure regulator looks similar to the swivel adapter. But the pressure regulator has male pipe threads on the bottom. Before attaching the compression adapter pushes the mainline tubing into the adapter. You’ll need to rock it back and forth to get it on. And screw on the compression adapter.
Use The Stake Holders To Keep Drip Line In Place
The kit includes stakes to hold your tubing in place, so definitely use them. When you turn on the water pressure tubing has a way of meandering. Decide where you want to branch off to add your micro sprayers. Let’s add one of the adjustable stake sprayers.
On the side of this stake sprayer, there is a barbed coupler. Take that off and set it aside somewhere because it may come in handy. You don’t actually need it here because these micro tubing sections already come with a barbed coupler on the end. Punch a hole using the handy dandy little punch. It helps if you rotate the punch as you push. Grab a piece of micro tubing and insert it into the mainline. Hear that pop? That lets you know you’ve seated it correctly.
Cut The Micro Tubing To The Right Length To Reach The Root Zones
Cut the micro tubing to the desired length to reach a plant we want to water. Or if you need more distance attach two sections of micro tubing together. Wiggle on a micro sprayer.
Inserting barbs in a micro fitting can be a little challenging. You can, once again, put the end of the tubing in some warm soapy water to make insertion easier.
This is a three hundred sixty-degree umbrella sprayer. You can adjust the sprayer all the way from nothing to about 20 gallons per hour.
Attach Riser Assemblies And Micro Sprayers
Attach another piece of micro tubing to the mainline. This is an adjustable stake. The micro tubing attaches here and you can adjust the flow rate with this little knob. Screw a poly riser in here, and screw in a micro sprayer on top. The micro sprayers come in half circle and quarter circle spray patterns. So decide what you need here.
These will spray as much as 14 gallons per hour. If you have a plant near the mainline, you don’t have to run micro tubing. You can insert one of these micro sprayers directly into your mainline. Punch a hole in your main tubing. And push in a micro sprayer.
Adding Goof Plugs For Drip Line
If you have a hole in your mainline that you need to plug…say… maybe you changed your mind about where you want to place your micro tubing, or if one of the fittings blew out and the hole’s now too big, then you can insert a goof plug. The smaller side of the plug is for a newly punched hole and the larger side is for a hole that’s a bit bogged out.
There are a couple of small barbed tees that you can use to split off the micro tubing, and these are your end caps. To install, put the end of your tubing through one hole a few inches. Bend the tube and insert the end through the other hole.
Run Water To Clear Out Tubing
But before you do this, do run the water just a bit first, to clear out any bits of tubing or other particles that may have entered your tubing while you were making punches. You can also trick this puppy out by purchasing more emitters. Maybe some drip tubing. More micro tubing and connectors. You don’t have to stick with the same emitters. Any type or brand of emitters can work with this setup.
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