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Irrigation Design – Landscape Sprinkler System Design Tutorial


Whether you’re a professional landscaper or landscaping your own yard, this free landscape sprinkler design tutorial is designed to take you step-by-step through the process of designing a professional-quality sprinkler irrigation system.  All the information you need to create a sprinkler system design for your lawn, shrubs or garden is in this landscape sprinkler design manual. Illustrations and charts will help explain and simplify the sprinkler irrigation design process. You will learn about lawn sprinklers, shrub sprinklers, and how to select a quality sprinkler head. Automatic and manual valves, controllers/timers, and the basic hydraulics that apply to watering systems are also covered.

This tutorial is the equivalent of a college level class in Landscape Irrigation Design.  Most of the information also applies to agricultural sprinkler systems as well.  This tutorial is used as the class text for many college and university irrigation classes, which I both approve of and encourage.  If you are a student using this tutorial, don’t you wish all the rest of your textbooks were free?

Most of the pages of the tutorial are written as stand-alone articles, so that they will be useful to those who do a search for specific information on a topic.  For this reason there is a small amount of repetitive material throughout the tutorial.

So I guess I should introduce myself.  My name is Jess Stryker.  Unless noted, I am the author of what you are reading here.  I am a registered landscape architect with over 35 years of irrigation design experience.  I’ve designed irrigation systems for everything from little squares of grass in a tiny yard to regional parks and golf courses.  On the agricultural side, I’ve designed irrigation for pastures, vineyards, even a massive pump station in Central California.  I also tend to be long-winded.  To those in a hurry:  sorry.

I apologize in advance for my warped sense of humor, which you are about to get a lot of.  I hope you enjoy this free tutorial and that you learn a lot from it!


Landscape Sprinkler Irrigation Design Tutorial
Table of Contents

Here’s the table of contents for this sprinkler irrigation design tutorial. It looks like a lot to cover, but much of it you will skim over because it applies only to very specific situations that don’t matter for most sprinkler systems. (But if it turns out one of those specific situations applies to YOU won’t you be glad that I included it?) You will find that the tutorial goes quickly once you get started.  I suggest you skim through the index below, just so you understand the general process.  Then design your sprinkler system in small steps as you work through the tutorial.

The pages of the sprinkler system design tutorial follow in logical order. To work your way through the entire irrigation design tutorial, simply select “Next Page” when you finish each page. Please take a moment to review the terms and conditions of this website and tutorial- click here for Terms and Conditions.


This tutorial is only the tip of the iceberg! Use the links in the left column to find companion tutorials that go with this one, such as installation, water filters, pump systems, irrigation scheduling, winterizing, repairs, and many more. Plus there are product reviews of many of the most common sprinkler system components.

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