Sprinkler zone for flower pots?

Discussion in 'Irrigation' started by cleancutccl, Feb 21, 2008.

  1. cleancutccl

    cleancutccl LawnSite Senior Member
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    Have a customer that wants to put in 2 big pots on their deck for climbing vines, they will be full sun so he wants them to be irrigated. What are the steps needed and supplies to look for to do this? We do regular sprinkler work but haven't done this yet. Obviously run a valve somewhere in the vicinity and a pressure regulator of some sort to run a smaller hose to the pots. Have people used funny pipe or use something smaller that is a little more flexible? Thanks for any info.
     
  2. Wet_Boots

    Wet_Boots LawnSite Fanatic
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    Use drip irrigation, or the related micro-sprinkler bubblers that run on drip systems (at last, a situation for a Shrubbler!)
     
  3. hoskm01

    hoskm01 LawnSite Fanatic
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    Beat me to it, Shrubblers are the ticket.
     
  4. hoskm01

    hoskm01 LawnSite Fanatic
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  5. Kiril

    Kiril LawnSite Fanatic
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    What hoskm said.

    I put mine on a separate zone, and run rigid 1/4 tubing through the pots drain hole and either throw a shrubbler or bubbler on it. Of course that only works for pots that will remain in the same spot, but keeps it nice and neat. :)
     
  6. Mike Leary

    Mike Leary LawnSite Fanatic
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    Ditto that...Netafim rings seem to me more even as to application, they are
    pressure compensating, so no need for a prv. The shrubblers & micro work
    fine, but I'd use two (or more) in each pot depending on the size. I've seen
    pots with dry spots with just one head.:)
     
  7. Kiril

    Kiril LawnSite Fanatic
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    Good point. Smaller pots will take one shrubbler/bubbler, larger pots 2 will be needed. Course it depends on what is planted in the pot as well. A single plant placed in the middle of the pot might be better off with 1/4 inline drip in a ring around the plant as Mikey suggested.
     
  8. DanaMac

    DanaMac LawnSite Fanatic
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    No need for the PRV for the tubing or preinstalled emitters, but it may be necessary for the other fittings. look at the 1/4" ell fitting pictures from hoskm01. With really good pressure, and only a little bit of water actually exiting the Netafim tubing, those ells can blow apart from the tubing. Believe me, I know! :) BUT, if you use the flow control on that DVF valve, it can help compensate for that. Yes, I know the FC doesn't reduce pressure. But with minimal flow through it it will help keep from blowing off.
     
  9. Kiril

    Kiril LawnSite Fanatic
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    Hmmm, is Mikey getting senile? ;)
     
  10. hoskm01

    hoskm01 LawnSite Fanatic
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    As Dana stated, agreed, prv to help with the other fittings, keep 'em in place. Up to 80 PSI here will shoot your barb or emitter skyward, or at least give a nice leak.
     

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