Orchard

Discussion in 'Irrigation' started by Mikegyver, May 21, 2012.

  1. Mikegyver

    Mikegyver LawnSite Bronze Member
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    Was looking at an orchard a few weeks ago that we are setting bees at...they had a spray head at each tree. After seeing that I am now thinking about doing this...on the established trees run a 8 or 10' spray head about 4-5' from the truck, this will cover the root zone. On the younger trees I will do the same thing except do the hunter drip retrofit kit. When they get larger just swap out for a spray nozzle. Any thoughts on this? It certainly would be a less expensive/labor intensive vs having to put 2 bubblers per tree. Also, it would eliminate issues related to having a bubbler so close to the truck as the tree gets larger.
     
  2. Mike Leary

    Mike Leary LawnSite Fanatic
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    There's only two ways to do it. Turf or weeds should never be allowed close to the trunk; compost should be spread out in a ring to the mature drip zone. Mulitiple drip (Netafim) in rings will work well, as will a "four poster" set of spray heads, set as to not hit the bark.
     
  3. Mikegyver

    Mikegyver LawnSite Bronze Member
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  4. irrig8r

    irrig8r LawnSite Platinum Member
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    The compost/ mulch idea sounds good, except that when we did it we got a lot of earwigs. Two heads, one on either side of the trunk in the row with 270 deg. patterns, some overlapping but missing the trunk is how I'd use spray heads.
     
  5. Mikegyver

    Mikegyver LawnSite Bronze Member
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    Please expound. I don't see how they would miss the tree????
     
  6. Mike Leary

    Mike Leary LawnSite Fanatic
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    I'd still be leaning towards Netafim rings, that way the rings could be expanded out as the drip line increased. Buying compost and mulch can be dicey, depends on the supplier, but it's worth doing the research.
     
  7. Mikegyver

    Mikegyver LawnSite Bronze Member
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    The main deal killer is getting mulch for 25 trees, probably looking at around 5-6 trees per yard if that. Right now they each have a well around them that we keep weedeated and they are doing fine. To be honest I'm leaning towards a 8' spray head on the uphill side of each tree. Granted I would never install something like that on a customer's place, but this is my orchard, and anything beats hand watering. I need to keep the materials cost reasonable and not too labor intensive.
     
  8. Wet_Boots

    Wet_Boots LawnSite Fanatic
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  9. Mike Leary

    Mike Leary LawnSite Fanatic
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    Wrong, uneven application. Plus, as the trunk expanded, the heads would have to be moved outward. :hammerhead:
     
  10. Wet_Boots

    Wet_Boots LawnSite Fanatic
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    If you know another way the suggested 270 degree nozzles would have been placed, let us know.
     

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