Irrigation for ornimental grasses

Discussion in 'Irrigation' started by greenmonster304, Sep 21, 2009.

  1. greenmonster304

    greenmonster304 LawnSite Gold Member
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    what do you guys do for tall grasses? I have found that drip can get choked off by quick growing grasses and sprays are always blocked by the grasses.
     
  2. Wet_Boots

    Wet_Boots LawnSite Fanatic
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    Ever use discrete emitters?
     
  3. txgrassguy

    txgrassguy LawnSite Gold Member
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    Depends how the system was originally installed.

    I use 12" pop up sprays set initially one foot beyond the designed/maintained size of the mature Ornamental grass.

    Haven't lost one yet in 110*+ heat.

    The drip emitters don't work so well as the homeowner/property manager(s) won't periodically clean the strain valve so the emitters end up repeatedly clogging with the water deposits.
     
  4. Mike Leary

    Mike Leary LawnSite Fanatic
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    12" and multiple run times to avoid run-off work for me.

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  5. Wet_Boots

    Wet_Boots LawnSite Fanatic
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    All the crackheads will steal the brass nozzles.....
     
  6. Kiril

    Kiril LawnSite Fanatic
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    Define "drip".
     
  7. Wet_Boots

    Wet_Boots LawnSite Fanatic
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    I'm doing some work with a bed surrounded by ornamental grasses, and I'll be happy tossing water at it from rotors.
     
  8. Mike Leary

    Mike Leary LawnSite Fanatic
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    :laugh: Remember those coated black Buckner "Coal Brass" nozzles to try to fool the little dears into thinking they were plastic?
     
  9. Wet_Boots

    Wet_Boots LawnSite Fanatic
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    I think you might still be able to get them. Buckner had a popup spray that had a brass cap, so you could thread on a brass nozzle and have it all looking so rugged as viewed from above.
     
  10. Mike Leary

    Mike Leary LawnSite Fanatic
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    I like the story about the Cal-Trans LA who installed motion sensors to keep the taggers good and wet.
     

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