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Drip Irrigation

Discussion in 'Irrigation' started by kcas72, Jun 2, 2008.

  1. kcas72

    kcas72 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 22

    I have a question for drip irrigation experts. I am installing a drip irrigation zone in my automatic sprinklers. I am going to install 2 different zones. One will be for a drip hose, and the other for spray emmiters. These will be used for a shrub/flower bed. The bed will have about 3 inches of mulch as well. My question is, should the drip hoses be installed over or under the mulch? If I install it over, I wonder if the water will make its way down to the soil. If I install it under, I;m afraid they could get clogged. I'm confused. I'd appreciate any advice.

  2. lowvolumejeff

    lowvolumejeff LawnSite Member
    Messages: 72

    Drip along under the mulch. Jeff
  3. Kiril

    Kiril LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 18,334

    Ditto or sub-surface.
  4. Waterit

    Waterit LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,930

    What they said!
  5. CAPT Stream Rotar

    CAPT Stream Rotar LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 6,131

    wait,did you say soaker hose?
  6. EagleLandscape

    EagleLandscape LawnSite Platinum Member
    Male, from Garland, Texas
    Messages: 4,350

    Are you using drip brands like Netafim, Salco, Toro? Or a black porous soakerhose from home depot?
  7. kcas72

    kcas72 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 22

    It's going to be the Toro brand, and it's going to be a zone in my underground sprinkler system. I'm not sure exactly what I'm going to use yet, but it will either be their 1/2" drip hose, or the 1/2" hose that you connect emmiters to, or 1/2" hose that you can connect 1/4" tubing to that you can put right around the shrubs.
  8. Kiril

    Kiril LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 18,334

  9. kcas72

    kcas72 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 22

    Thanks Kiril. Two questions:

    1) You say if I must get Toro. Do you recommend something else instead? I'm open to any brands.

    2) How confident can I be that it won't get clogged? Not even from roots, but I'm thinking more about soil.

  10. Kiril

    Kiril LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 18,334

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