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Lawn drip system

Discussion in 'Irrigation' started by ByDesignCO, Apr 2, 2013.

  1. ByDesignCO

    ByDesignCO LawnSite Member
    Posts: 11

    I have a client that thinks a lawn drip system is magic cure for his yard and the conditions. I have never installed one, looks fairly easy, but what are the main pros and cons of this system? How would this work for blowing the system out with tough winters? We are in Colorado, so it's supposed to get cold during the winter and the ground freezes. Any info is a big help.


  2. Mike Leary

    Mike Leary LawnSite Fanatic
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  3. ByDesignCO

    ByDesignCO LawnSite Member
    Posts: 11

    I guess that was info, helpful to a degree, not what I was looking for.
  4. DanaMac

    DanaMac LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 13,156

    I have plenty of customers that use sub-surface drip for their lawns here in CO. They work great, when installed and maintained properly. Not an easy install as you mentioned.
    Put an inline ball valve (netafim has specific ones for their systems) near the far end of the zone as a drain, with a 6" econo box for access, for blowing out in the fall. Manually open each one while blowing out.
  5. Mike Leary

    Mike Leary LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 21,974

    Only my humble opinion, underground drip has been touted for years, the only success I've ever heard of were ball fields, where they actually injected warm water into the system and the field was shot-bored absolutely flat.
  6. ArTurf

    ArTurf LawnSite Gold Member
    Male, from Ark
    Posts: 3,458

    What is the customer trying to "cure" and what "conditions" is he talking about?

    For those who are familiar with these systems how much more is an install vs conventional overhead irrigation?
  7. ByDesignCO

    ByDesignCO LawnSite Member
    Posts: 11

    In Colorado we are under watering restrictions. This client lives in an area that is quite windy. He thinks that installing this system will be much more efficient vs/ a traditional spray system. We are talking about an area that aprox 2k sqft of turf.

    The issue is, we just installed a spray system last year and have not even put sod in yet. I think it is a huge waste of time/money to redo everything.
  8. ArTurf

    ArTurf LawnSite Gold Member
    Male, from Ark
    Posts: 3,458

    What is an example of your areas restrictions? Once a week? Just wondering.

    How much will it cost to convert the conventional system?
  9. cppendergrast

    cppendergrast LawnSite Member
    Posts: 107

    While we install a lot of drip, it's main application is in beds for plantings. I'm sure the aerating process that is popular around here for turf would trash it.
  10. rlitman

    rlitman LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,552

    It would, but proponents of drip say that the water movement keeps the soil loose, so that aerating a drip irrigated lawn is pointless.

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