we're thinking about setting up a drip irrigation system for a pretty big and scattered garden, both flowers and food plants, that at the same time shouldn't comprise the aesthetics of the garden. The water source is a pond that pumps water to four different faucets. I've looked around at different systems on the internet and have found Rain bird. I found other systems as well but necessary is that it ships to Sweden within a fairly short time so therefore Rain bird became the system of choice. It seems like it is a fairly big brand with a lot of extra components that could be added on to the main system. That is necessary since our garden is not a nice square but very irregular. Part of the garden is more of an aesthetic flower garden than a permaculture food garden, therefore mulching or other methods to reduce water use are not possible.
Does anyone have any experience using the Rain bird system? Do you think it's a good choice? Are there any viable alternatives?
I have used Rainbird items for everything from large commercial installations (golf courses to indoor green spaces) and from farm rows to small home gardens.
They work very well and they do have a help line should you run to problems unforeseen.
As Rebecca mentions, you will need to add a filter prior to the manifold to prevent clogging by algae.