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Retrofitting a sprinkler riser to a drip irrigation system (toggle)


Retrofit drip systems

Conserve water and save money when you water your plants by retrofitting your sprinklers to a drip irrigation system. This is another way that drip irrigation can provide you with a better and more efficient irrigation system. By converting your sprinkler system to a drip system you can reduce evaporation, pest problems, and weed growth, eliminate runoff, and have healthier plants.

Drip irrigation is one of the most efficient methods of irrigation today. Sometimes referred to as micro irrigation, low-flow irrigation, or trickle irrigation, drip irrigation is the slow and precise delivery of water directly to the plant roots.

By delivering the water directly to the base of the plants, you can maintain optimum moisture level in the soil at all times, combining the proper balance of water and air for better plant growth.

Retrofit drip systems are designed to incorporate into a sprinkler system, to convert any 1/2" riser or existing sprinkler head to a 1, 4, 6, or 12- outlet drip system without disturbing the flow of the other sprinklers on the line.

Retrofit drip irrigation is controlled either manually or by using an automatic timer. The system can be used to water flower beds, shrubs, trees, hanging baskets, and more with pinpoint efficiency.

Retrofitting conventional sprinkler systems to low flow, water saving drip systems requires a few simple steps: First, evaluate the areas to be watered. While large areas such as lawns are best watered by sprinklers, other areas, such as shrubs, trees, roses, or individual plants, can be irrigated more efficiently by using the retrofit drip heads.


Remove the
conventional sprinkler

Add your
Multi-Outlet Dripper

Multi-Outlet Dripper
(4,6 or 12 Outlet)

Second, remove the sprinkler head from the riser. Turn the water on and flush the line. Then screw the single outlet, 4-outlet, 6-outlet, or 12-outlet drip head onto the riser.


Add some
1/4" micro drip tubing

Use some 1/4" drip stakes
to hold the tubing in place

Third, extend micro-tubing from the drip head to the plants and secure the 1/4"" micro-tubing with a 1/4" stake. Additionally, you have several options to help you convert or divert a sprinkler riser to a drip or micro-sprayer system, to be used with hanging baskets and containers: these include a 1/2" adapter with a 1/4" barb outlet to be used with micro-tubing under the sprinkler head, 1/4" adapter with 10/32 thread to retrofit a micro-sprayer, and 1/4" MNPT with PE riser extension to raise a micro-sprayer above the plants.