Irrigation Design – Landscape Sprinkler System Design Tutorial

Whether you’re a professional landscaper or want to irrigate 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, charts and spreadsheets 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… but it is written at a 6th grade level to make it easy for almost anyone to get through!  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.  Slog your way through the whole thing and you will have the knowledge to embark on an irrigation career… or have the best irrigation system in town!

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.  For this reason there is a small amount of repetitive material throughout the tutorial.


Landscape Sprinkler Irrigation Design Tutorial
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Don’t panic!   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.  Just take it step-by-step and it is easy.

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.


So I guess if you’re still with me I should introduce myself.  My name is Jess Stryker.  Unless noted, I am the author of what you are reading on this website.  I am a registered Landscape Architect with over 35 years of irrigation design experience.  I’ve designed thousands of irrigation systems for everything from little squares of grass in a tiny yard to regional parks and golf courses.  Much of my work has been for other Landscape Architects who hire me for tricky projects that require a high level of expertise.  On the agricultural side, I’ve designed irrigation systems for pastures, vineyards, even a massive pump station on a major canal in Central California.

I apologize in advance for my warped sense of humor, which you are about to get a lot of.   I also tend to be long-winded.  To those in a hurry,  I’m sorry, I can’t help it.  I hope you enjoy this free tutorial and that you learn a lot from it!

This tutorial is only the tip of the iceberg! Use the links on the website home page to find tutorials and articles on just about everything irrigation related.  Water filters, pump systems, irrigation scheduling, winterizing, repairs, and much more.  Plus there are a few product reviews of some of the most common sprinkler system components.

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