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Drip Irrigation

Drip Irrigation
Posted by Tom Dix from Zone 7 on 2001-03-23 17:22:15

I have used soaker hoses in the past
and in an attempt to try to save some
on the water bill I've decided to try
drip irrigation. All the literature
I've read stated a 1 gph emmitter per
shrub and about 2 1/2 hours to equal 1"
of water per week. After 5 hours only a
small area around the emmitter was
wetted and DID NOT spread throughout
the root zone. I'm testing on only one
area and haven't mulched yet, soil is
sandy loam and high in organic
material. Anyone have any experience /
suggestions? Large bed (30' X 10')is
next on the agenda.
  • Soaker Hoses
    Posted by Lisa Archer ( from Palm Beach Coun on 2005-05-18 02:39:00

    I used a soaker hose on my butterfly garden bed, 30' hose for a 3'x15' bed. Hose was placed on top of soil, under approx. 2-3" of mulch. Worked wonderfully for 3 years - but eventually the hose degraded enough so that soil got into the hose and blocked the water flow.
    Worked well enough, though, that I replaced it with a new one. This one is off the soil and embedded in the mulch.

    I've found that mulch will make all the difference with these slow water dispersal systems.

    Tom - this is your friend Lisa from Gardens (married now - new last name!). Hope this finds you well. I see you're still growing! *grin* I had hoped to email you, but couldn't find your email address. Mine's here in the post. If you read this, shoot me an email, will ya?
    • Soaker Hose
      Posted by Tom O from Michigan on 2007-11-08 07:16:00

      Not the Tom that you were looking for but I am interested in getting a vegetable garden going next spring and I had a few questions.

      Where did you find the best deal on a soaker hose?
      Did you put it on a timer, and if so what brand is best?
      What would be the best way to prepare the soil for a new garden?

      Thanks for your help in advance
      Tom O
  • Drip Irrigation
    Posted by Daryl from Ga/Zone 7 on 2001-03-28 08:21:36

    All the literature
    -I've read stated a 1 gph emmitter per
    -shrub and about 2 1/2 hours to equal 1"
    -of water per week. After 5 hours only a
    -small area around the emmitter was
    -wetted and DID NOT spread throughout
    -the root zone. _

    My drippers vary quite a bit depending on water pressure. That's probably what's happening with yours.
    One thing to watch carefully-with very loose soil, you may have to use more than one emitter per plant, because the water does not spread much. In my clay soil, it forms an inverted cone that's about a foot across at 8 inches. When I've used the same emitter in a sandy, raised bed with lots of organic matter, it seems to go straight down and barely spread out.
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