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Lawnworks
04-08-2006, 04:52 PM
I am going to be installing about 30-40(15-20 on each side) 2.5" caliper oak trees along each side of a drive. The drive is about 350 feet long and I am planning on spacing the trees 20-30 feet apart. What is the best, most efficient way to irrigate these trees?

sildoc
04-08-2006, 06:04 PM
I am going to be installing about 30-40(15-20 on each side) 2.5" caliper oak trees along each side of a drive. The drive is about 350 feet long and I am planning on spacing the trees 20-30 feet apart. What is the best, most efficient way to irrigate these trees?
What is your location? alot has to do with the spring summer and fall. How hot. what type of soil? Once they are established (roughly 2 years) there is really no need for irrgation.
Some Ideas are simple drip, sprays and gravity feed hose.
What are your water options? dirty? clean? city water? well? river or lake? GPM? Pressure? all the factors play into how efficiently a system works and which way is the best.

Dirty Water
04-08-2006, 07:23 PM
I would use drip.

sildoc
04-08-2006, 09:29 PM
I would use drip.
Definitly, However if he is in the south with really dirty water for irrgation then I would go spray. Even with a good filter drip clogs so easy over just a little time and dirty water.

Lawnworks
04-08-2006, 11:09 PM
I am in the deep South w/ full sun w/ fairly good soil. I would like to use drip, but I guess will have to run drip off the pvc every 30 feet, but I could see a spray head working too if that is the best way to avoid dirt clogging. There will be turf around the trees, so running one line of drip would be ruled out right? We are going to pump the water of the lake. My client is going to do all of the pump work and I think he is going to use big pipe w/ alot of pressure. He likes to light up 10,000 sq feet at a time!

sheshovel
04-08-2006, 11:36 PM
Noo you can run the dripline off just one stubb up or retrofit it off where a sprinkler would be.And you should try not to run the turf right up to the trees anyway.Leave a line of mulched area all along for them.

Beartooth
04-09-2006, 12:54 AM
I've had great success using Rain Bird 1401,1402, flood bubblers at the base of the tree. You can come directly off of the PVC with a 1/2" female fitting, and swing funnny pipe into the base of the tree. It's point source watering on a little larger scale than drip. Of course the trees should be zoned separately.

Lawnworks
04-09-2006, 02:01 AM
Noo you can run the dripline off just one stubb up or retrofit it off where a sprinkler would be.And you should try not to run the turf right up to the trees anyway.Leave a line of mulched area all along for them.

??? You lost me sheshovel... the trees will all have pinestraw, but just around the base of them.

Lawnworks
04-09-2006, 02:03 AM
I've had great success using Rain Bird 1401,1402, flood bubblers at the base of the tree. You can come directly off of the PVC with a 1/2" female fitting, and swing funnny pipe into the base of the tree. It's point source watering on a little larger scale than drip. Of course the trees should be zoned separately.

Wow that sounds perfect. I will see if my supplier has those and take a look at them.

sheshovel
04-09-2006, 02:21 AM
alot of trees...you will need alot of zone pressure to do 30 or 40 bubblers..will explain tommorrow

SprinklerGuy
04-09-2006, 02:27 AM
Rainbird 1401 is a pressure compensating bubbler...that delivers .25 gpm. You could easily run 40 of those, unless of course you are using 1/2 or 3/4 inch pipe......

for longevity of the system....the 1400 series bubblers are the way to go....with hard pipe.

Good Luck....

Lawnworks
04-09-2006, 10:01 AM
I was planning on running 1" pvc. I guess I am going to need to run a pressure reducing valve for these bubblers? It should be 30 psi or so right?

SprinklerGuy
04-09-2006, 10:37 AM
http://www.rainbird.com/landscape/products/sprays/1400series.htm


No need..

Dirty Water
04-09-2006, 02:31 PM
Isn't it funny that Sheshovel is advocating drip here when she told me to never use drip on a dirty water feed in another thread because "Aquatic Eggs will hatch in the filters" :laugh:

LawnWorks, whatever you do, make sure you install a Rusco Spin Down Filter at the pump (or something equavalent)

http://www.purewaterexpress.com/images/models/spindown.jpg

SprinklerGuy
04-09-2006, 02:42 PM
She's funny alright.....and she has a cute truck.

Lawnworks
04-09-2006, 05:27 PM
Alright sounds good. Thanks for the straight forward help.

Rick

sheshovel
04-09-2006, 06:26 PM
I never said aquatic eggs would hatch in the filters..I said they could clog the emmitors....I am the cute one
..my truck is a truck.......Thats a cool filter Dirty
How much pressure are you gonna have to work with?