Scheduling drip zones

Discussion in 'Irrigation' started by ArTurf, May 24, 2012.

  1. ArTurf

    ArTurf LawnSite Gold Member
    Male, from Ark
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    I haven't done much drip so I need some advice. I am going to try Netafim .6 on 12" spacing. How long would you run the zones and would you space them out into 2 start times to give time for soak in? Working on clay.
  2. grassman177

    grassman177 LawnSite Fanatic
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    U can calculate the rate to get the time needed.i usually run them for 45min to 1.5hr depending on soil, environment,etc and emitter
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  3. Mike Leary

    Mike Leary LawnSite Fanatic
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    Netafim has a chart that answers the question. The thing you've got to figure is the root depth of the plant material, young and mature.
  4. grassman177

    grassman177 LawnSite Fanatic
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    What he said too
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  5. rlitman

    rlitman LawnSite Bronze Member
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    Last edited: May 24, 2012
  6. Mike Leary

    Mike Leary LawnSite Fanatic
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    Buy a 36" moisture sensor, they're under a $100.00.
  7. bcg

    bcg LawnSite Bronze Member
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    .6gph on 12" spacing is about .9"/hr. Infiltration rate on pure clay is about .18"/hr.

    You need to cycle and soak if you don't want any runoff. If it's in a bed with mulch on top, you can fudge a little since the mulch will absorb a fair amount of water before it can run off. Technically correct would be run 10m, soak 50m, repeat until you've applied what you want to.
  8. Kiril

    Kiril LawnSite Fanatic
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    A "pure" clay could have a steady state infiltration rate of 0.04 in/hr or lower. The range for a clayey soil is 0.04-0.20 in/hr without consideration for structure or organic matter.

    There is no technically correct cycle and soak, it is site dependent. Maximum suggested PR rates on clayey soils range 0.2-0.06 in/hr depending on slope, but again correct times for cycle and soak are site dependent. The goal is to avoid ponding and runoff.

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