Drip Irrigation Update

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Mike Garcia of Enviroscape L.A. presents an update on how he's integrated drip irrigation into his business, and how landscapers across the country can take advantage of this product category.

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  • Many of these reasons for using drip irrigation are fairly obvious; but a couple worth noting are that by using drip you can reduce liability.
    Another key point that most would agree that drip is the most efficient way to irrigate small spaces. As landscape spaces get larger then someone could easily argue that sprays, honorary nozzles or rotors might be a better option.
  • Rain Bird’s Drip Irrigation line is a complete line, including:
    CONTROL ZONE COMPONENTS that control the flow and pressure of water into the drip zone;
    DISTRIBUTION COMPONENTS that get the water from the control zone to the planting area;
    EMISSION DEVICES that actually emit the water at or near the root zone of the plant material. This can be done over a large area using BROADCAST devices, or in a very localized area using POINT SOURCE devices.
    And of course, Rain Bird’s complete line also includes tools. Xeriman Tool, pipe cutters, punch tools, etc.
  • Many of these reasons for using drip irrigation are fairly obvious; but a couple worth noting are that by using drip you can reduce liability.
    Another key point that most would agree that drip is the most efficient way to irrigate small spaces. As landscape spaces get larger then someone could easily argue that sprays, honorary nozzles or rotors might be a better option.
  • NEED NON –TECHNICAL description of an ION.
  • Allow for expansion and contractor. Don’t pull the tubing or stake it too tight.
    Here is an example and the formula that I use.
  • Drip Irrigation Update

    1. 1. Drip Irrigation Overview Christine Canepa Sr. Product Manager Rain Bird Corporation
    2. 2. Drip Irrigation Overview Trends / Drivers for Growth  Types  Differences vs. Conventional Irrigation  Benefits 
    3. 3. Drip Irrigation Trends / Drivers   Record drought Water restrictions, increased regulation   Drip is often exempt from restrictions The need for efficiency is driving the growth in drip irrigation
    4. 4. Types of Drip Irrigation  Point-Source    Common in sparse planting configurations Allow you to put water near the plant’s root zone Dripline  Ideal for densely planted or narrow areas
    5. 5. Differences vs. Conventional Irrigation  Device flow rates are measured in GPH vs. GPM  Low flow rate equates to reduced erosion and runoff  Low flow rate means more emission devices per valve  Operating pressure window is typically 15-50 psi  Water is typically filtered to 120-200 mesh  Both PVC and/or polyethylene drip tubing may be used Keys to a Well Designed Drip System  Pressure Regulation –  Drip zones operate at lower pressures than traditional spray zones Filtration – Necessary to keep emitters clear of dirt and debris
    6. 6. Benefits of Drip Irrigation  Highly customizable  Healthier landscapes –  Eliminates run-off , overspray and expensive damage to hardscapes – –  Staining – concrete, pavers and walls Rotting of wood fences, decks and planters Shorter irrigation run times –  Puts water closer to the root zone Lower irrigation water bills Makes the customer a better steward of the environment
    7. 7. Drip Irrigation Mike Garcia Enviroscapes LA
    8. 8. Benefits of Drip Irrigation  Match the water application rate to each plant.  Match the application rate to the soil’s infiltration rate.  Apply water directly to the root zone to reduce overspray and evaporation.  Properly designed and installed dripline systems can be over 90% efficient.
    9. 9. Why use Drip Irrigation? Asphalt Damage Blockage from Foliage W ater Spots on Vehicles Liability to Pedestrians & Vehicles
    10. 10. Stained Fences, Walls and Windows
    11. 11. Sprays to Drip Before Photo After Photo 2 minutes Elapsed 15 minutes Elapsed
    12. 12. Differences vs. Conventional Irrigation  Device flow rates are measured in GPH vs. GPM  Low flow rate equates to reduced erosion and runoff  Low flow rate means more emission devices per valve  Operating pressure window is typically 15-50 psi  Water is typically filtered to 120-200 mesh  Both PVC and/or polyethylene drip tubing may be used
    13. 13. Applications – Sparse Plantings Sparse Plantings  Medians  Narrow planting beds  High traffic areas  Slopes Point Source:  Watering of specific plants  Emitters (single and multiple outlet)  PC Modules / Bubblers 3’ to 5’
    14. 14. Applications – Dense Plantings Dense Plantings  Narrow planting beds  Medians  Slopes Total Coverage/Broadcast:  100% Coverage is required  Micro-Sprays  Dripline
    15. 15. Basic Drip System Components Control Zone Components Distribution Components Tools Emission Devices
    16. 16. Control Zone Kits
    17. 17. Landscape Drip Conversion Guide
    18. 18. 1800-Retro Kit  The 1800 Retro has a built-in filter and regulator, everything you need for a good drip installation  Convert 1804, 1806, and 1812 spray head zones 30 PSI Regulator 200 Mesh Screen
    19. 19. Remove the sprayhead Attach the fitting & tubing Drop in the 1800-RETRO Cap off the remaining sprayheads
    20. 20. Distribution Components Drip Laterals PVC Pipe XBS (Blank Tubing) XT-700 XF-Blank XQ ¼” Distribution Tubing Inline Emitter Tubing XF Dripline ¼” Landscape Dripline Drip Fittings Insert Fittings (Barb) 17 mm XF Dripline Easy Fit Compression W orks with all ½ ” drip tubing sizes Half the force required to insert tubing Takes the place of 160 fitting parts
    21. 21. XFF Insert Fittings
    22. 22. XQ ¼” Distribution Tubing      Unique blend of polymers that give it the flexibility of vinyl with hold of poly. New textured finish improves handling. Self extracting coiling feature makes it easy to use, store and eliminates waste. Patent Pending XQ Bucket makes using and storing large coils easy and efficient. Available in 100’, 250’ & 1,000’ coils
    23. 23. Emission Devices XB Emitters Multi-Outlet XB with Barb inlet XM-TOOL XB- 6 outlet ¼” Barb inlet ½” FPT inlet XB with 1032 inlet XBT with ½” inlet XBD-80 PC Modules PC module with barb inlet PC Module with 1032 inlet EMT-6 XERI PC Diffuser Caps
    24. 24. New – PCT (Pressure Compensating Threaded Bubbler) List Price $ 2.12 Bag Quantity 20 Box Quantity 100
    25. 25. Xeri-Bubblers, Xeri-Sprays & SQ Nozzles Adjustable Umbrella Bubblers Adjustable Stream Pattern Bubblers Adjustable Micro Sprays SQ Pressure Compensating Micro Spray Quarter Half Umbrella pattern Three inlet choices - 10-32 Thread - 1/4” Barb - 5” Spyk Flow: 0 to 35 GPH Radius: 0 to 2’ Full 180 & 360 Stream Patterns Three inlet choices - 10-32 Thread - 1/4” Barb -- 5” Spyk Flow: 0 to 13 GPH Radius: 0 to 2’ Square Pattern 2.5’ to 4’ Quarter Half Full Flow: 0 to 31 GPH Radius: 0 to 10’ Install on: 1800 or Unispray Xeri-Pop Poly Flex Riser Sch 80 Riser
    26. 26. ¼” Landscape Drip Line     6" and 12“ spacing 100‘ coil lengths 10 to 40 psi operating range Flow Rate: 0.8 GPH at 30 psi
    27. 27. XF Series Dripline Tubing with PC emitters Pre-Inserted XFD Dripline = On Surface Drip Irrigation Tubing Color: Brown Emitter Spacing: 12” / 18” / 24” Emitter Flow Rate: 0.6 GPH / 0.9 GPH Coil length offering: 100’ / 250’ / 500’ XFS Dripline = Subsurface Drip Irrigation Tubing Color: Copper Emitter Spacing: 12” / 18” / 24” Emitter Flow Rate: 0.6 GPH / 0.9 GPH Coil length offering: 100’ / 500’
    28. 28. XFD Dripline (On Surface) W here is it used? Street Medians Hotels/ Resorts Residential Planter Beds
    29. 29. XFS Subsurface Dripline
    30. 30. XFS Sub-Surface Drip Applications      Parkway / Narrow Strips Confined areas Next to Buildings / Hardscapes Parking Lots / Car Dealerships Athletic Fields / Schools 5
    31. 31. Components for the Xeri-Pop Operation Indicator        XP-600X with VAN Nozzle XBF1CONN 6” to 12” of XQ ¼” distribution tubing. Xeriman™ tool Suitable for both on-surface and sub-surface applications. Indicator is installed on the exhaust header. If the indicator does not pop-up and seat – you should look for the following:  Did the valve not open?  Does the filter need to be cleaned?  Is there a break in the dripline?  Did the main valve open?
    32. 32. Development and Testing Over 10 years Research and Development for Copper Shield™ Solution Product Testing Rain Bird R&D Laboratory Testing Cal-Poly Tech – Pomona Site Testing Engineering Field Testing Production Field Testing All Geographies, Climate, Turf & Soil Types 13
    33. 33. Leading Competitor showing root growth throughout water bath Rain Bird & leading competitor emitters on the same test plate. They were in the same environment and there clearly is a difference in the effectiveness of the root intrusion methods RB emitter- root shown in water bath, but clearly away from outlet hole due to Copper Shield™ 14
    34. 34. How do I select the correct dripline?
    35. 35. How do I determine application rate?
    36. 36. How far can I run XF-SDI dripline?
    37. 37. 560’ End Feed 560’ 560’ Center Feed
    38. 38. GPH/GPM flow per 100’ Example: 650’ of XFD-06-12 650’ /100 = 6.5 6.5 x 1.02 GPM = 6.63 GPM Use XCZ-100-PRF
    39. 39. Quick Layout Curved Edge Layout Branching or Joining Rows
    40. 40. Tie Down Stakes  Allow for expansion and contraction of drip tubing  0.1 inch per 100’ for every 1 degree F of temperature change  Example: 260’ tubing length and 40 degrees temp change  2.6 (100’ length) x 0.1 (in/100’) x 40 (degrees F) = 10.4”
    41. 41. Flushing the system    Flush the system every two weeks for the first 6 weeks and check the water that is flushed out for cleanliness. Establish a regular flushing schedule for the future after the initial checks. Flush the system well after any repairs are made.
    42. 42. Flushing the system
    43. 43. Overview  All irrigation systems require maintenance  Spray systems tend to be more forgiving than drip  Maintenance should be regular and consistent  Drip maintenance might be harder to detect problems
    44. 44. Enviroscape Installation Photos South Bay Area, Southern California
    45. 45. Job site installation Photos
    46. 46. Installing the Supply Header
    47. 47. Installing the Supply Header
    48. 48. Installing the Supply Header
    49. 49. Job site installation photos
    50. 50. Job site installation photos
    51. 51. Job site installation photos
    52. 52. Job site installation photos
    53. 53. Job site installation photos
    54. 54. Job site installation photos
    55. 55. Job site installation photos
    56. 56. Job site installation photos
    57. 57. Job site installation photos
    58. 58. Job site installation photos
    59. 59. Thank you - Any Questions

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