Drip Irrigation Design and Installation for Beginners
What you'll learn
- At the completion of this course students will have a better understanding of drip irrigation systems and how they work
- You'll learn the basics of designing your home drip irrigation system
- You will learn the importance of filtration in any drip system
- You will learn installation techniques and get tips that you can share with co-workers or anyone who would like to know more about installing their own system
- Students should have a basic understanding of math, use of a calculator and basic drafting skills for drawing a drip irrigation design
Drip irrigation is by far the most efficient use of our water resources - as long as it's designed, installed and maintained correctly. This is an introductory course for those of you wanting to have a better understanding of both point source and inline drip systems. We'll be covering sources of water for irrigation and the effect different soil textures have on selecting components of the system. We'll also dive into drawing the plan and the basics of doing a take-off list for when you go to purchase everything you need.
Installation tips and techniques will also be covered in detail - like how to assemble a drip irrigation valve manifold whether it be an anti-siphon valve or an inline valve. The importance of filtration cannot be underestimated and we'll be talking about this in some depth.
How does a drip emitter even work? How does it provide even pressure and flow? We'll cover all of this and more.
We've added at Lecture 20 - Drip Irrigation for the Home Vegetable Garden! If you're looking for some ideas on irrigating your veggies you can jump straight to this short lesson! We'll cover drip irrigation in raised beds and straw bale gardens as well.
Finally we'll discuss maintaining and troubleshooting to keep your irrigation up and running smoothly.
Thanks for taking a look at our course and Marc and I hope you'll join us!
Who this course is for:
- This introductory course has been developed for homeowners and landscape professionals who would like to learn the basics of drip irrigation design and installation. This course is for those unfamiliar with drip irrigation components and terminology.
Robert Littlepage, as his many former students can attest, is a dynamic instructor who brings real-world experience and a touch of humor to his teaching style. His love of teaching and enthusiasm for his topic is a source of inspiration to his students. Mr. Littlepage founded the California School of Garden Design in 1998 to fill a much-needed void. He discovered that other than two-year junior college programs and a few correspondence courses, there was no place in the United States where someone interested in becoming a garden designer could learn these skills quickly and at minimum expense. Rob created the School to provide an opportunity for those individuals to learn necessary skills and to become proficient in Garden Design in a short but intensive period of time. This has lead to his now offering on-line classes through Udemy.
Rob began his career as a forester and a licensed landscape contractor and has had his own design practice for over 34 years, creating gardens for clients throughout California and the surrounding states. His designs have been featured in garden design books and won awards at numerous shows. He studied garden design in England in 1994. Rob previously taught landscape and irrigation design at Sierra College in Rocklin, California and at the Placer Adult School in Auburn, but decided to open his own garden design school. Landscape designer David Stevens, of David Stevens International has collaborated with Rob to present design classes in the United States and wrote the forward to Rob's latest book "Fundamentals of Garden Design" which is a complement to his course on landscape design.
He is a licensed landscape architect in California (#5674) and Louisiana (L-249 - retired). He is a Qualified Water Efficient Landscaper (QWEL) an EPA WaterSense Partner and is a certified landscape irrigation auditor.