Best way to irrigate a line of trees

Discussion in 'Irrigation' started by Lawnworks, Apr 8, 2006.

  1. Lawnworks

    Lawnworks LawnSite Fanatic
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    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?
     
  2. sildoc

    sildoc LawnSite Silver Member
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    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.
     
  3. Dirty Water

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    I would use drip.
     
  4. sildoc

    sildoc LawnSite Silver Member
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    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.
     
  5. Lawnworks

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    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!
     
  6. sheshovel

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    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.
     
  7. Beartooth

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    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.
     
  8. Lawnworks

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

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

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    alot of trees...you will need alot of zone pressure to do 30 or 40 bubblers..will explain tommorrow
     

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