Hide-A-Hose® SDI (subsurface drip irrigation).
GREEN, EFFICIENT, DEPENDABLE
Uses 30-70% less water than conventional irrigation
97 % efficient uses every drop with no evaporation
Promotes healthier lawns and schrubs with less disease
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Finally, An Irrigation System You Can Feel Good About!
Upgrade Your Existing Conventional Irrigation System and Start Saving Thousands of Gallons of Water Today!
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Until recently, spraying your valuable water into the air and hoping it landed where it was aimed was the only method available to the average homeowner. Advances in subsurface irrigation technology and installation techniques have changed all this. Subsurface irrigation provides the precise amount of water that your lawn needs directly to the root growth area of the grass. Evaporation from the sun and wind is dramatically reduced because the surface of the ground isn’t getting wet. There are specific styles of irrigation tubing developed specifically for clay, loam and sandy soils, so you just select the correct style for your soil conditions. Subsurface irrigation delivers 90% of the water you apply directly to your lawns root system.
sub surface line just installed
in a existing lawn
Techline CV was first used in large football, baseball fields and large commercial installations. The installation equipment was too large for residential yards. Hide-A-Hose® has developed installation equipment just for small to medium residential yards here on the Vineyard. This new equipment will allow us to install one, two or three drip lines at a time, reducing installation costs with virtually no damage to your exiting lawn. Now we can convert your lawn spray zones to super efficient drip zones at an affordable price.
The Hide-A-Hose SDI conversion is very simple and we can use your existing timers, valves and feed lines. All we do is install the drip line to each zone and remove the old sprinkler heads. We will even buy back your old sprinkler heads. Convert only one zone this spring and “test drive” the system this coming summer. You will be amazed with the results.
Here are just some of advantages of Hide-A-Hose® SDI over conventional spray:
- Saves water, 30% to 70% less than conventional spray systems.
- Increased watering times, you can run the system at any time of the day or night. You can be mowing the lawn and watering at the same time.
- No more broken spray heads.
- Less maintenance cost.
- No more wet walks, windows, cars or dogs.
- Exempt from outdoor water bans.
- 97 % efficient, low evaporation rate uses every drop.
- Not effected by water pressure. Great for low pressure applications.
Read the Netafim Fact vs. Fiction Subfurface Irrigation documentation
If you had considered subsurface irrigation even a few years ago, you were probably discouraged by the expense and complexity of the installation. In the past two to three years some dramatic improvements have been made in both the materials and installation techniques. These improvements have reduced the cost significantly and made installation as easy as the traditional above ground spray systems. With subsurface irrigation, the water is applied at a slower rate but for a longer period of time. The slower application rate means that your sprinkler zones can be significantly larger. For example, a medium sized yard might need 8 zones with an above ground system where the subsurface irrigation system might only need 3 or 4 zones. Fewer zones mean fewer control valves, a smaller manifold and a less expensive timer. All of these things can add up to significant cost savings.
OK, I’m interested.
Good. Now it is time to do some research. Several of the major sprinkler manufacturers now make drip and subsurface components. Check out their web sites and compare features. One highly recommended site is www.netafimusa.com. While you may not recognize their name, Netafim® is the pioneer in low volume irrigation. They have been in the business since the 1960’s and have been instrumental in the development of subsurface, on-surface and point source (drip) irrigation. Their products are sold in over 80 countries worldwide. Netafim® recently introduced the Techline® CV (Check Valve) product line which eliminates much of the cost and complexity associated with earlier systems. The check valve keeps the water in the tubing system when the system is off. It also eliminates the need for a purge valve and air/vacuum relief valves, (a requirement in older systems). Just these two improvements save an average of 3 gallons of water per zone each time the system is turned on. While that may not sound like much, over the course of a watering season it can save you thousands of gallons of water.
Subsurface installations in new lawns can be installed in much the same manner as above ground systems. The tubing is placed in parallel, evenly spaced rows on the ground and covered to the proper depth (4 to 6 inches). If you won’t be adding that much fill, a series of shallow trenches can be dug in the same parallel row pattern or you can use a pipe puller to install the tubing at the correct depth. Roll on the turf and you are done. There are no sprinkler heads to step on or get knocked off when you cut the grass.
Surprisingly enough, installing a new subsurface irrigation system or replacing a leaky or worn out sprinkler system in an existing lawn is easier than you might think. The new system can usually be installed right over the top of the old system, since the old pipes are generally deeper in the ground than the new pipes. One shallow trench at each end of the yard is all the digging that is needed. The subsurface tubing is laid in from one end of the yard to the other, with minimal turf damage.
It is in everyone's best interest to conserve water whenever possible. Since a subsurface irrigation system can save you from 30 to 70 percent in lawn water usage, it can benefit the environment as well as your bank account. So, if a new or upgraded sprinkler system is in your plans, you may want to give a subsurface system a good look. Give us a call and we will be happy to answer any questions you may have.
If you would like more information or a free estimate, just give me a call @ 508-696-7454