Narrow strips

Discussion in 'Irrigation' started by bobw, Mar 7, 2007.

  1. bobw

    bobw LawnSite Senior Member
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    Argh... do architects ever actually visit a building afterwards and see how stuff actually worked out?

    Doing a bid for a new commercial building... The whole building is "ringed" with a 2 FOOT wide strip of grass that has to be irrigated.

    Anyone have any decent approaches other than throttling down a 15SS nozzle to 2' width? I absolutely hate doing that, but I'm getting more and more spec sheets with this kind of nonsense in it and need to find the best way to give decent coverage....
     
  2. Flow Control

    Flow Control LawnSite Bronze Member
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  3. bicmudpuppy

    bicmudpuppy LawnSite Silver Member
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    sub drip would get my vote. netafim seems to be the most commonly used for turf applications. One line down the center of a 2' wide strip would probably be sufficient. Can you get sleeves under any walks before they go in? Sleeves placed dead center so you don't have to plumb back to them would make the install easy. New construction, so you could even trench/backfill instead of pulling the drip in. One major caution..........read the specs. make sure your not liable on a maint thing if the drip is damaged.
     
  4. Wet_Boots

    Wet_Boots LawnSite Fanatic
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    Hey, if enough people do this nonsense, maybe Weathermatic will resurrect their brass strip nozzles they made for strips as narrow as one foot. Don't hold your breath. If it's a masonry building, you could just overthrow at it.

    Hey, Toro makes a 2x6 strip nozzle!
     
  5. Ground Master

    Ground Master LawnSite Senior Member
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    I would go netafim, but 1 strip down the middle won't suffice.
     
  6. bicmudpuppy

    bicmudpuppy LawnSite Silver Member
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    what makes you say one row won't cover 24" width? on 12" centers, you wouldn't put a row against the concrete. I wouldn't put two rows 6" from both sides. Best uniform coverage would be one row.
     
  7. Dirty Water

    Dirty Water LawnSite Fanatic
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    If I were doing subsurface drip, based upon my experience with netafim emitter tubing, I'd probably do two rows about 6" off from the edges.

    Alternatively, something I'd never do, but you could, would be to use those popup microsprays.

    However, you would be replacing them on a very regular basis.
     
  8. Another vote for how you recommended. We actually have a few apartment complexes where they have grass strips that small. It was the only way to water without getting tenant's cars wet.
    Micro spray not.
     
  9. bobw

    bobw LawnSite Senior Member
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    One of my thoughts was emitter tubing, but there is so much clay around here that I'm concerned that it won't do anything close to even distribution. If I do emitter, I'd definitely do two lines @ 6" off edge to even it out some and to give some redundancy for plugging etc.
     
  10. If you are factoring in for plugging..you are planning to use the wrong stuff.

    The netafim stuff doesnt' require factoring in for "plugging".
     

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