My first estimate for a New Irrigation System.

Discussion in 'Irrigation' started by KrayzKajun, May 25, 2012.

  1. KrayzKajun

    KrayzKajun LawnSite Fanatic
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    went looked at a residence today in the same community i just finished up a big landscape install in. homeowner wants an irrigation system installed in the whole front yard inorder to save the turf that was installed last year.:dizzy:

    looks like this is going to be fun!! Can anyone say TREE ROOTS!!!!!!!!

    :cry::cry::cry::cry:

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  2. Mike Leary

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    I'd be thinking either MP Rotators or Stream-Rotors to avoid damage to the tree trunks. Remember, trench INTO the root zones, rather than across. A couple of areas look almost impossible to into- trench, but do all you can to avoid tree stress/death. I used a Japanese fine-kerf saw to trim and a ton of 45s to get under/over. A lot of that looks like hand-work.
     
  3. Stuttering Stan

    Stuttering Stan LawnSite Bronze Member
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    Price it high- way high. Roots are a BIG PITA and you will work your butt off digging trenches. If this is your first install, it will probably be your last install.
     
  4. Mike Leary

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    I learned about the Oriental "pull saws" from a shipwright when I was doing finish carpentry, they act on gravity, and are very accurate. When I got into pruning, I found them much better than traditional saws, even Felcos. They make such a clean cut that the chances of rot and disease are nill, and the wound heals clean and quickly. I used them on all root pruning, also.

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  5. KrayzKajun

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    Thanks for the info mike. I don't think the homeowner has any idea what's involved in putting in a qaulity system. I think before I even start on the design I'm going to ask for a budget too determine if its worth my time.
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  6. Mike Leary

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    Do you want the job? If you do, have some numbers ready, remember, EVERYONE has a budget. I've done a lot of projects where they could not do it all at once, and we worked off a "shoe box" sort of deal. "When the box is full, come on over." I did one where we planned for the entire system, and six years later, completed it to my and the owner's approval.
     
  7. Tom Tom

    Tom Tom LawnSite Bronze Member
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    why even trench into that cluster of a mess....?

    lay some pipe on the ground and paint it green
     
  8. Mike Leary

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    I know of an air-powered "root cleaner" that opens-up the area without trashing the bones. I'll check with the Arboretum that has one if you're interested.
     
  9. KrayzKajun

    KrayzKajun LawnSite Fanatic
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    I like that idea!
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  10. Mike Leary

    Mike Leary LawnSite Fanatic
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    Sounds like something Dana taught you. :rolleyes:
     

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