Landscape Irrigation Design Process

“How do you eat an elephant?: One bite at a time.”Irrigation design can be an intimidating task, but it doesn’t need to be.Explore the design process through a logical set of steps written to simplify irrigation design for beginners and experienced designers alike. The key to the popularity of this course is its hands-on approach; Participants are given opportunities to perform practical exercises in irrigation design using an in-class site plan. (Note: A Rain Bird product catalog is provided in class, but students may bring any manufacturer’s catalog they wish to use)

Course Outline


Unit 1 Introduction to Course

Unit 2 The Design Process

Unit 3 Gather Site Information

Unit 4 Determine Water Supply

Unit 5 Measure Hydrozones

Unit 6 Select and Layout Emission Components

Unit 7 Total GPM per Hydrozone

Unit 8 Lateral Pipe Placement

Unit 9 Valve Placement

Unit 10 Mainline Pipe Placement

Unit 11 Pipe Sizing (60 Minutes)

Unit 12 Electrical System

Unit 13 Final Irrigation Plan

Unit 14 System Function Verification (Irrigation Hydraulics)

Suggested Experience


Working knowledge of basic irrigation system hydraulics

Understanding of basic irrigation system components