Do you bury drip lines or leave them on top?

Discussion in 'Irrigation' started by jrumbaug, Jun 8, 2008.

  1. jrumbaug

    jrumbaug LawnSite Member
    from WV
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    I'm starting my fiirst residential irrigation project. It will be 3 zones of sprinklers and 3 zones of drip irrigation, 6 total. I run a greenhouse where I have run drip irrigation for my hanging baskets and chrysanthemums in the field, but I'm not sure what is "the prefered method" of irrigating shrubs in a residential setting.
    For som reason, I expected the drip line to be buried about four inches to deliver water to the roots, but after watching a short video it was talking about laying the drip pipe on the gound and perhaps covering it with mulch. That seems TOO easy. Is there a right and wrong, or is there pros and cons? Please, give me some insight.

    Jim Rumbaugh
     
  2. AI Inc

    AI Inc LawnSite Fanatic
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    We run above ground and cover with mulch. KISS
     
  3. DanaMac

    DanaMac LawnSite Fanatic
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    Agreed. but stake them down. Hydraulics will make the pipes rise to the surface above the mulch or rocks if they are not.
     
  4. AI Inc

    AI Inc LawnSite Fanatic
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    definatly stake em, we aim for an emitter so as not to crunch the pipe.
     
  5. Mike Leary

    Mike Leary LawnSite Fanatic
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    You can bend Netafim to a 9" circle, but if you do , use two or three circles since the
    emitters are on 12" centers.
     
  6. AI Inc

    AI Inc LawnSite Fanatic
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    Carefull , they do sell .9x 18"
     
  7. jrumbaug

    jrumbaug LawnSite Member
    from WV
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    Double WOW
    That's the fastest answers I have ever recieved.
    BIG THANKS
    I was coming back to add that I was running a drip line with built in emmitters, so you wouldn't think I was burying those snap in emmitters like a netafim system has..

    I'm glad you understood, and thanks for the advice. I'm sure I'll have a few more questions before this is through.

    I consider this question answered. Unless someone has a reason TO bury the pipe.......

    Thanks again

    Jim Rumbaugh
     
  8. AI Inc

    AI Inc LawnSite Fanatic
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    Oh dont worry this thread will go on for days. End up being about travel in the Pacific northwest.
     
  9. Dirty Water

    Dirty Water LawnSite Fanatic
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    Speaking of travel, I took my family to the Snoqualmie falls yesterday:

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    If you walk a 1/2 Mile trail, you go down to the power station that is driven by the falls:

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    I love the pacific north west, I'm never leaving.
     
  10. AI Inc

    AI Inc LawnSite Fanatic
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    Sweet, wish you left coast guys would post more scenic pics.
     

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