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Old 02-03-2009, 06:52 PM
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Old 02-03-2009, 06:52 PM
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#1 - Welcome to the world of drip irrigation.

#2 - Very simple, you just have to filter and pressurize the water, and then have some sort of automatic valve that will flip to municipal supply whenever the rain catchment system is empty, along with appropriate back flow contamination prevention. System should pay for itself in 300 years or so.
Thats what I was thinking as well. Given the small scale nature of this project, I dont think it would be very cost effective to have a rain harvesting system when the municipal water use will be very little anyways. I do think its a cool idea and would love to learn more about it though.
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Old 02-03-2009, 07:21 PM
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Drip bites; get over it you guys. It was made for straight row crops; the beancounters convinced you all this was a cheap, efficient way of laying water down. It has not worked with a damn in my experience because the emitters are too far spaced to provide proper application in horticultural applications. You'll all keep using it; and plants will die. 'Nuff said.
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Old 02-03-2009, 07:27 PM
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But where would we use our drip shrubblers?
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Old 02-03-2009, 07:35 PM
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But where would we use our drip shrubblers?
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Old 02-03-2009, 07:40 PM
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Minus the dogs, and with proper usage, and mulch cover, drip can work. I'd still rather spray, given enough water, and room to work.
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Old 02-03-2009, 07:41 PM
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Drip bites; get over it you guys. It was made for straight row crops; the beancounters convinced you all this was a cheap, efficient way of laying water down. It has not worked with a damn in my experience because the emitters are too far spaced to provide proper application in horticultural applications. You'll all keep using it; and plants will die. 'Nuff said.
OK Mr Smarty pants. What would you install along the side of a house in the 3' border where there are 4 shrubs along the house spaced 5'-10' apart? Separate sprinkler heads for each shrub? 1/2" drip pipe around the house with 2-3 emitters around the base of the shrub works well.
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Old 02-03-2009, 07:42 PM
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#1- Electric fence? Customers may not want to shock their dogs, but worth consideration.

#2- With the lack of rain in our area, rainwater is pretty much nonexistent. Cost vs. benefit analysis= ?
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Old 02-03-2009, 07:44 PM
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So it's better to spray an area with shrubs and flowers with 2"-4" of mulch or rocks that the water has to filter through first? Or get soaked up by the mulch in areas where there are no plantings? You might have plenty of water in WA. We get about 12" of moisture all year and California, Kansas, and Nebraska take enough of it. We need to use water wisely.
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Old 02-03-2009, 07:54 PM
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#1- Electric fence? Customers may not want to shock their dogs, but worth consideration.

#2- With the lack of rain in our area, rainwater is pretty much nonexistent. Cost vs. benefit analysis= ?

#1 - Without revealing who client is, doesnt really matter what it takes to keep the stuff irrigated as it is bascially done for nothing. If I need to convert to conventional spray heads so be it.

#2 - Yeah the cost analysis was done and in the back of my mind before I even came on here. I highly doubt it will be financially feasible but it sure would be cool which is why I wanted some info.
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