Irrigation Types Used at SmartLawn
There are two general catagories of irrigation used in the SmartLawn demonstration.
#1: Overhead Rotary Stream Irrigation
SmartLawn utilizes rotary nozzle sprinklers which are more water efficient than rotor sprinklers in smaller urban areas. Rotary nozzle sprinklers put out multiple streams of water at varying distances while simultaneously rotating in a stationary body. For more information describing sprinkler head types, visit this link. SmartLawn currently uses the following overhead rotary irrigation products.
#2: Subsurface Irrigation
SmartLawn demonstrates two subsurface irrigation products.
- XFS Subsurface Dripline is a Rain Bird subsurface irrigation product that can reduce irrigation by as much as 70% compared to traditional overhead irrigation. XFS Sub-Surface Dripline also features emitters are protected from root intrusion by Rain Bird’s patent-pending Copper Shield™ Technology, as well as a low-profile emitter design to reduce in-line water pressure loss.
- Eco-Mat is novel, subsurface irrigation product carried by Hunter Industries. Eco-mat uses an engineered combination of inline emitter tubing connected to a fleece mat, which evenly disperses water from under the surface of the soil. The wrap and mat material are composed of PET (Polyethylene terephthalate) - a material which aids in capillary water movement while also holding water for future use.