Small (Up to 250 sq ft) (Model # S2D-SM-KIT)
What is Switch2Drip? This custom-developed kit is a semi-permanent, professionally-designed irrigation system—not something you hack together and connect to your outdoor faucet instead of a hose. Convert your sprinklers like a pro—without the extra cost of a landscaper.
Fast and easy
A small Switch2Drip Kit can usually be installed in 4-6 hours. Our instructions are written and designed for homeowners, not professionals. And, we offer 30 minutes of FREE phone support for all Switch2Drip customers (you can buy more support if you need it).
Start saving water immediately
After you install Switch2Drip, you’ll reset your irrigation controller (we’ve got instructions for that, too) and be proud of the work you’ve done to help conserve water.
Professional-grade equipment and methods
Our Switch2Drip kits offer professional-grade equipment not available from big box chain stores. Our installation methods have been designed by our licensed landscape contractor, who after 15 years, knows the easiest and best way to convert sprinklers to drip irrigation.
How it Works
Switch2Drip is a program we’ve developed to help homeowners, and small businesses, switch from conventional sprinklers to drip irrigation systems—without involving an expensive contractor. We’ve taken our years of professional experience, distilled them into an easy-to-follow guide, and assembled the perfect homeowner kit of drip irrigation equipment. Here is how it works.
Before you order you’ll need to figure out how much area you want to convert (we recommend starting small and working your way through your yard over time) and whether or not you’re watering on a hill (this last part is the easiest). If you need help we can answer any questions via online chat, email, or phone at our toll free number (844) LESS-H2O.
- After your kit arrives, read through the instructions and get familiar with the parts of the system (and your irrigation controller). Then, jump in! Don’t forget, you get 30 minutes of free phone support with your Switch2Drip purchase—please use it if you need it!
- Convert one sprinkler and cap the rest. We’ll tell you which sprinkler to pick for the conversion, how to adjust its height if needed, and of course, how to install it.
- Plant new plants, if you’re doing that. Unfortunately we can’t help you with designing your garden, ordering or installing plants. If you need information about choosing plants, shoot us a quick email and we’ll direct you to some useful resources.
- Install the drip tubing. We give you instructions for doing this the easiest way possible, and what to do if the easiest way doesn’t work at your house. We also provide pro tips on how to best use the tubing and fittings, how to install the end-of-line kit, how to do tubing repairs (super easy), and how to staple it down.
- Test the system. Head over to your controller and turn on the station you’ve just converted. Inspect your work following our instructions. Don’t forget, you get 30 minutes of free phone support with your Switch2Drip purchase—please use it if you need it!
- Update your controller using our watering schedule guide. We provided detailed information about setting your new schedule, how to update it and when, and how to adjust it for your garden.
- Wait for that new water bill that shows you what an awesome water saver you are! Don’t forget to brag to your friends… it’s people like you who will help us all have enough drinking water in the future.
What’s in the box?
Each Switch2Drip Kit comes with all of the equipment you’ll need to convert your existing sprinkler system to drip irrigation yourself. We’ve created bundles that meet most homeowners’ needs, but if you need help before you order, please feel free to contact us.
A link to download the installation guides.
- Parts List: A clear guide naming each part in your kit.
- Installation Guide: Our guide to help you install our Switch2Drip system.
- Controller Programming Guide: Our instructions for how to reprogram your watering schedule.
- Sprinkler Flags: This is a tip that makes certain parts of your project so much easier. By turning on your sprinklers, marking their location with these flags, and then turning off your sprinklers, you can be sure you cap each and every one—without getting wet.
- Sprinkler Converter: This unit replaces a sprinkler in your system. It contains a pressure regulator, two filters, and adapters to connect it to drip tubing. We have added some helpful extras to this kit so you don’t need to run to the hardware store to make it work with your sprinkler system. You’ll have one or more of these in your kit.
- Sprinkler Cap Sizing Kit: You’ll need to do a little back yard sleuthing before you make the conversion. We include a kit to help you size the sprinkler caps you'll need, and also how you'll decide whether you're capping your sprinklers, or removing them altogether. You'll need to let us know which caps you need and we'll send them out to you right away at no extra cost.
- Drip Tubing: We’ll send you two different kinds of drip tubing, some with drip emitters and some blank tubing. Don’t worry, we’ll teach you when to use each kind of tubing and how to lay it out. Note: If you are watering on a hill where the top of the hill is more than 4.5 feet above the bottom, you may need extra converter kits. Please call us to ask about this.
- Fittings: These are the small pieces of plastic that connect lengths of drip tubing. We hope you’ll need very few of these, but we give you plenty of fittings to get the job done, and have extras left over for future repairs and modifications.
- Soil Staples: Drip tubing moves around easily. This is great when you want to add new plants to your garden but not great when you’re walking around. Soil staples keep the drip tubing in place when you don’t want it to move.
- End-of-line Kit: This is a special group of products that we like to install for every drip irrigation project. It helps you know when your drip irrigation is working and help you properly maintain your drip system going forward.
- Drip Tubing Cutter: Strictly speaking, you don’t need a tubing cutter, you can use a pair of sharp pruning shears and still get the job done. Tubing cutters are generally recommended because they create a clean-edged cut which helps ensure fittings are properly seated in the tubing, preventing leaks.
You’ll need to pick up at your local hardware store:
- Mulch: Mulch helps protect your drip tubing from tripping and critters, as well as helps your plants retain moisture better, especially during the summer. We recommend you apply three inches of mulch to your entire planting area. You can choose any organic or inorganic mulch material. Organic examples are bark, coconut fiber, and wood chips. Inorganic mulch is usually some form of rock. We recommend organic mulch because it adds nutrients back into the soil as it breaks down, but in some places that are windy or very hot (the desert) rock may be a better choice.
Drip Irrigation Glossary
Flow Rate (GPH): This is the rate at which water comes out of the tubing. Drip irrigation flow rates are measured in Gallons per Hour (as opposed to regular sprinklers which measure flow in Gallons per Minute).
Emitters and Emitter Spacing: Emitter is a fancy word for "hole where the water comes out of the tubing." The emitter is technically more than just the hole, but for homeowner installations, this is specific enough. Emitters can be built in to tubing directly (often called drip line) or can be installed separately for point-source irrigation design.
Lateral: Refers to a single run of tubing (or PVC pipes). It might be blank (supply) tubing, or it might be drip tubing, with emitters.
Distribution Tubing: Goes by too many names... you may also find it listed as Supply Tubing, Blank Tubing, and in the case of 1/4" diameter, spaghetti tubing! Fortunately no matter what you call it, it serves the same purpose—to bring water to another part of your yard without irrigating the soil/concrete/mulch along the way.