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Introduction to Drip Irrigation

Drip irrigation is the slow and precise delivery of water to chosen plantings. It uses flexible polyethylene tubing with devices for dripping, called emitters. The systems are easy to install. Require no trenching and the only tools needed are pruning shears and a punch.

For many gardeners, water conservation is the main reason for installing a drip system. When you water your garden, your purpose is to water plants rather than soil. Drip irrigation gives you the ability to put water exactly where it's needed and keep paths and areas between plants dry. This reduces both waste and weeding.

Traditional watering methods deliver water faster than most soils can absorb. If water exceeds the soil's percolation rate, it can only run off the surface, taking valuable topsoil and nutrients with it. Drip irrigation also allows you to water a large area from a small water source, since it uses water more slowly than other methods.

The greatest advantage for home gardeners is time savings. The simple action of opening a spigot replaces all the time spent watering by hand. With the addition of an automatic timer, you can cope with a busy schedule while your garden flourishes without you.

In developing countries, workers like these people had to carry buckets of river water to irrigate their row crops. Now modern technology and much larger "buckets" save them time and energy by allowing drip irrigation to do the work for them.

All kits are expandable

Test Results



Installation Methods and Helpful Tips


The Rain Barrel Soaker Hose Kit

$54.00 - $68.00
(50 ft. or 100 ft. soaker hose)

$64.00 - $78.00
(With 25 ft. poly tubing)

The Rain Barrel Soaker Hose (RBSH) is specially formulated to work with any gravity fed system. The hose is made from 100% recycled materials, 70% rubber and 30% polethylene. In 2009 an environmental consulting firm evaluated the RBSH for materials that had potential for leaching contaminants, they reported that none exceeded the AGI or the EPA drinking water standard. Based on their review, the RBSH was considered protective of heath for drinking water use. It is a low flow, high output soaker hose using .580 compression fittings that allows maximum output for your garden area. The Rain Barrel Soaker Hose works with little or no pressure while other soaker hoses require 10-25 lbs. of pressure to operate efficiently.

For best results place your rain barrel close to the ground (you can elevate your barrel but it is not necessary), create the setup with a continuous flow (meaning there are no ends), and cover the soaker hose with mulch to keep it cool.

Note: A single run should not exceed 100 feet.

The Rain Barrel Soaker Hose Kit includes:
1 or 2
50 ft. Soaker Hose(s)
10 ft. or 25 ft. Poly Tubing
Stakes (compliments of The Rainbarrel Man)
200 Mesh Tee Filter
Female Hose End
Compression Tee
End Caps
Compression Couplings
Extra Parts List
Instructions & Guidelines
FAQ Page

WARNING: Once you connect the compression fittings, they will not come off. If you want to make it possible for them to come off, use extra Female Hose Ends to connect to the hose or tubing.

Use garden shears to cut tubing,  Use a goof plug to plug holes,  attach 1/4" tubing to 1/2 " tubing if needed,  use 1/4" tubing to reach plants,  Emitter attached to 1/2" tubing.
Use garden shears to cut tubing
Goof Plugs to plug holes
1/2" Tubing to 1/4" tubing, to reach plants
Emitters to water your garden


The Landscape, Drip irrigation Kit.


The Landscape Drip Irrigation Kit *


All our kits are designed specifically for rain harvesting systems and they include everything you need to water a 100 - 200 sq. ft. garden area. What makes this kit unique from our other two is its flexibility. Not only can you insert the emitters manually but you can remove individual emitters from the system by replacing them with "goof plugs" or add new lines, with little worry about design. Also, if a line is accidentally cut, it can be repaired with a coupler.

For good results, elevate the rain barrel(s) at least 2 ft., for better results, at 3 ft. and so on. The higher you raise the barrel the better results you'll have in maintaining the pressure, when your barrel is less than full.

This kit was tested with a 120 gal. Double Barrel System, using a ball valve spigot, mounted on a 2 ft. stand, with 50 ft. of 1/2" mainline tubing and 20 emitters. The results were: 1.25 gph with 72 hours of run time (left wide open). Turn your rain barrel system off after 15 minutes - test your soil for penetration - adjust accordingly, then program your zero pressure timer to that adjustment.


The Landscape Drip Irrigation Kit includes:

50 ft Roll of 1/2" Tubing 1 - 1/2" EZ loc Coupler
50 ft Roll of 1/4" Tubing 1 - 1/2" EZ loc Hose Beginning
40 Take-Apart Emitters 1 - 1/2" EZ loc Tee
20 1/4" Transfer Barbs 1 Tee Filter
10 Two Way Goof Plugs 1 Yellow handle Punch (upgraded to the pocket punch)
2 Figure 8 Ends 10 - 6" Hold Downs
Description Sheets 20 - 3" Hold Downs

Great for sq. ft. gardening - Irregular shaped garden beds - Around plants and trees - Place around Plants.
Great for sq. ft. gardening
Irregular shaped garden beds
Around trees
and around Plants



Plan Help

Attaching soaker drip line

Attaching a soaker drip line with a transfer barb.

Drip Half Connectors

How to use Tees and Elbows with raised beds.

Garden Bed Soaker Drip Kit *

$70.00 - 50 ft. Mainline Tubing
$76.00 - 100 ft. Mainline Tubing

This is the easiest and most versatile kit to use and is great for short rows, small or irregularly shaped garden beds and square foot gardening. There is enough tubing and drip line to water three 4' x 8' raised garden beds with four 8' soaker drip lines each.

Setup is a snap! Just punch a hole in the mainline tubing. Attach each soaker drip line with a transfer barb and push it into the hole. End each line with a goof plug.

We tested this drip kit to see how well it worked with eight elbows and 2 ft. high raised garden beds. We used two separate rain barrel systems (60 gal. and 120 gal.) using ball valved spigots in the test. Both were mounted on 2 ft. high stands and connected to two 4'x8' garden beds. The total length of the mainline tubing was 46 ft. From each rain barrel to first bed was 24 ft, with 22 ft. between beds. We also used 48 ft. of 1/4" soaker drip line, giving each bed three 6 ft. drip lines. Results: All six soaker drip lines produced steady even drip flows and continued to do so until the water level began to drop. It was apparent that, in order to keep producing those steady even flows, we needed to raise our barrels!

The maximum length of drip line for an individual run is 14 ft.

For better results your barrels should be elevated at least 2 to 4 feet off the ground to help maintain the minimum requirement of 2 psi. when the barrel is less than full. If you are raising your beds 1 foot or higher, the base of your barrels should be at least 2 feet above the highest point in your garden to maintain the extra pressure needed when redirecting the tubing up and over your beds.

The Garden Bed Soaker Kit includes:
50 ft. or 100 ft. 1/2" Mainline Tubing
100 ft. 1/4" Soaker Drip Line
Tee Filter
Easy Loc Beginning
Pocket Punch Tool
Easy Loc Tee
Easy Loc Coupler
Easy Loc Elbows
Figure 8 Ends
U Shaped Hold Downs
Two way Goof Plugs
One Way Goof Plugs
Transfer Barbs
1/4" Hold Downs
Easy Instructions

Drip in EmitterTube with drip

These inline cylindrical drippers, spaced at 6" intervals, are clog resistant and self cleaning thanks to inlet filters and labyrinth passageways.


The Row Crop, Drip irrigation Kit

This design optimizes flow path turbulence
to effectively manage water flow, deliver uniform
distribution, and reduce clogging.

Elevating Barrels

Easy way to raise your barrels up 4 to 6 ft.

The Row Crop Drip irrigation Kit *


Specifically designed for longer row crops and extensive square foot gardening, this kit uses 5/8" 15mil, high flow T-tape with emitters spaced 8" apart for even watering. This is enough T-tape for five 20-foot rows or ten 10-foot rows.

Before you set up your drip kit, figure out how much water is available for your plan. Calculate the rate of flow of water your system provides by measuring the time you need to fill a one gallon pail from the spigot. Divide 3,600 by the number of seconds it takes and that's your number of gallons per hour. This drip kit was tested using a horizontal double barrel system (one stacked on top of the other) elevated to 4 1/2 feet, with 25 feet of main line tubing, ten 10-foot rows of T tape and 120 emitters. The results were as follows: 22 gallons per hour, 70 DPM per emitter and five hours of run time (left wide open). For good results, your rain barrels should be at least 4 to 6 feet off the ground to help maintain the minimum requirement of 3 psi. when the barrels are less than full.

Here is where experimentation comes in. Set your timer for 15 minutes, then test your soil to see if that was enough time for the water to reach your plant's root system. Adjust the start time(s) and duration accordingly based on your results. How long your water lasts depends on your setup (number of emitters, soil condition, height of barrel(s), type of spigot, length of tubing, timer use, etc.).



The Row Crop, Drip irrigation kit includes:

100 ft Roll of 1/2" Tubing 1 Tee Filter
100 ft Roll of 5/8" T-Tape 10 Tape Loc Barbs
10 Goof Plugs 1 Tape Loc Coupling

2 Figure 8 Ends

10 Tape Grip Sleeves
1 - 1/2" EZ Loc Beginning 1 Yellow Handle Punch (upgraded to the Easy Grip Punch)
1 - 1/2" EZ Loc Tee 20 "U" Stakes
Description Sheets Instructions


Zero Pressure Battery Timer

The Solar Rain Barrel Timer *

If you have ever forgotten to turn your drip irrigation off and emptied your rain barrel(s), this timer might be your best investment.

Extra Parts For Kits

Rain Barrel Soaker Hose Kit

50 ft. soaker hose w/4 stakes $15
1/2 x 25 ft. poly tubing w/4 stakes $10
compression tees & elbows $3 ea.
Female Hose End $2.50 ea.
End Cap $.50 ea.
Bag of 10 Plastic Stakes $4

Row Crop Kit

5/8" x 100' high flow T tape w/10 hold downs $18
bag of 1/4" x 5/8" tape loc barbs & grip sleeve ends (10 ea.) $12
1/2" tees & elbows $2.50 ea.

Landscape Kit

1/2" × 50' poly tubing w/10 hold downs $13
1/4" x 50' poly tubing w/20 hold downs $8.50
bag of emitters & transfer barbs (20 ea.) $9
1/2" tees & elbows $2.50 ea.

Garden Bed Soaker Kit

1/2" ez loc tees & elbows $2.50 ea.
1/4" x 50' soaker drip line w/10 hold downs $19
bag of transfer barbs & plugs (20 ea.) $6
Bag of four Figure 8 Ends $1
Bag of 10 half inch Mounting Clamps with nails $4


Please Note:

The drip kits sold in stores are not designed to work with most smaller rain barrel systems which are 1-2 PSI. They are made for water pressures of 40-80 PSI and then reduced to 10 PSI with a regulator.

*Does not include rain barrel.

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