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Is Micro Spray Irrigation really all it is cracked up to be??

Discussion in 'Homeowner Assistance Forum' started by EncoreVee, Nov 11, 2010.

  1. EncoreVee

    EncoreVee LawnSite Member
    Posts: 1

    I've got a property that I manage who is considering installing a new, top-of-the-line Micro Spray irrigation system.
    I have 3 other bids that have not made that suggestion.

    Is Micro-Spray really the way to go?
    The property is on a slope, with mostly creeping vines, shaped shrubs, and small flower beds in front of the 24 units.

    What are the positives & drawbacks to this kind of system?
  2. Wet_Boots

    Wet_Boots LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 47,651

    Microspray falls into the drip irrigation family, as it requires regulated pressure and filtration of the water supply. One thing that is a necessity for a "textbook install" of drip or microspray is heavy mulch covering the pipe and fittings, which aren't buried, but laid on bare soil.
  3. AI Inc

    AI Inc LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 25,388

    The stuff is way too fragile for my liking.
  4. Cloud9Landscapes

    Cloud9Landscapes LawnSite Senior Member
    from Ca
    Posts: 546

    Pros: Soaks into the soil easy, easy to regulate, quicker than a conventional install generally, modular components make it easy to service, often has rebates on certain products, minimal over spray, can install a fertilizer injector as long as you have the correct back-flow preventer, you would need a RPZ.

    Cons: Often mixed with regular spray heads or rotors on the same zone, fragile - Poly tubing doesn't hold up well in the sun, needs monitoring to make sure it is functioning.

    BTW: What is your definition of state of the art?

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