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Mirco spray / drip in "dog" yard

Discussion in 'Irrigation' started by Ferti-man, Apr 3, 2008.

  1. Ferti-man

    Ferti-man LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 252

    I am debating on drippers vs. micro sprays for a plant plot in the back yard of a "doggy" yard. Each has good and bad. I think either way I go, the dog will chew the stake, or dig up the tubing and destroy it. Any ideas that have worked is appreciated.
    Area covers small flower / non flowering plants (perennial) and other areas around perimeter of house w/ shrubs / roses.
    Besides removing teeth from dogs, have you got any suggestions that have worked for you?
  2. Kiril

    Kiril LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 18,308

    Hot chicks with a hose. :laugh:

    For what its worth, stakes are easier to replace than tubing.
  3. Tom Tom

    Tom Tom LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,278


    Built in emitters
    Easy to repair
    Bury it or cover with mulch
  4. Brass nozzles. Our cure all for dog damage.
  5. irrig8r

    irrig8r LawnSite Platinum Member
    Posts: 4,535

    Don't know why I've never thought of it, but I bet that works well for pesky squirrels and roof rats that like to gnaw on heads and plastic valves too.
  6. jimmyburg

    jimmyburg LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 701

    get rid of the dog or ad a dog run and split the yard with the dog
  7. hoskm01

    hoskm01 LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 5,690

    Drip it, only run at night or when dog is not outside. Typically, I have found, that they are going after the sound of the flowing water etc... Take away the sound, nothing to hunt for.
  8. DanaMac

    DanaMac LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 13,156

    I have three homes that need drip repair due to dogs tearing up during winter, when water is off. So it's not always due to the sound. Dogs get bored.
  9. DanaMac

    DanaMac LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 13,156

    Stay away from the micros if you're worried about the dogs. If there is any landscape fabric, try getting the pipe underneath it. Stake the pipe down more than usual to prevent it from rising to the top eventually through any mulch or rock if there is any. I have three homes set up to repair drip due to dogs, two of them have microsprays, and the other doesn't. So they will probably get into it either way.
  10. Ferti-man

    Ferti-man LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 252

    Ok, so the brass nozzle is out because it is on a drip zone w/ no pop ups. Otherwise nice idea. So it seems that drip is a go and they will have to deal with repairs as they come up. Stakes are good, but I think they attract the dog for something to chew on. At least a drip tub under mulch has a chance, though a small one.

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