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Drip Questions

Discussion in 'Irrigation' started by HokieAg07, Feb 3, 2009.

  1. ARGOS

    ARGOS LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,808

    In general I agree that drip stinks, but not for all the same reasons. The biggest issue is that 90% of it is not installed correctly. HO's don't know how pressure compensation, water pressure, and water volume play a part in drip. They go into their local home depot and start buying parts and slap them together haphazardly. "I can do my whole property on one zone at different elevations." Drip also causes saline build up at the point of emitters, especially because they aren't moved. I read an article about redwoods planted in landscapes are distressed in 5 to 6 years because of saline concentrates directly located below unmoved emitters.

    BUT in my area drip is part of the irrigation business like it or not. In spring I get a lot of service calls from people that had their drip installed by a LCO and it is failing after being installed for a few years. Drip is planned obsolescence that requires yearly maintenance, especially because HO and some contractors by the crap parts.
  2. Stuttering Stan

    Stuttering Stan LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,504

    Good point. Sorry ML
  3. Mike Leary

    Mike Leary LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 23,103

    Not really, if the LA/"designers" screwed up the layout, what are we supposed to do? You guys deal with h/os, that's your problem.
  4. DanaMac

    DanaMac LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 13,187

    I forgot, it's Mike's way or no way. "Not my problem."
  5. DanaMac

    DanaMac LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 13,187

    Check you local rain water regulations

    Rain water article
  6. Kiril

    Kiril LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 18,334

    Silly, silly man ..... :hammerhead:

    Use the right dripline for the application and install it properly.

    Issue #1: Bury the line.

    Issue #2: What Bob said.
  7. mitchgo

    mitchgo LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,922

    This is what I would say to the client. hah.

    "As an irrigator, I can't prevent your dog from chewing things up. As a dog owner, I can prevent my dog from chewing on things. So train your f-in dog!"

    well, something along that.

    I've seen people get rid of their dogs because they kept destroying the sprinklers.
    For the most part the drip I have seen in areas with bad dogs the homeowner knows there is no hope.
  8. Waterit

    Waterit LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,930

    You could always just plant rocks.
  9. Kiril

    Kiril LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 18,334

    See, you are catching on .... :clapping:
  10. EagleLandscape

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

    Toro makes a sub surface dripline with a built in herbicide to prevent root intrusion if that might be a problem. It's connectors are alot easier to work with than netafim, thats for sure.

    Not sure on the price, but the one time I used it, it was pretty nice.

    Rain water reclamation is a great idea, but the setup is very expensive. Can you sell them on some drought tolerant plants? If they are truly wanting to "GO GREEN", they will remove their high water usage plants, and almost throw out the irrigation all together.

    Or, have them do drip with low water usage plants. Beat these words into them, SUSTAINABLE, SUSTAINABLE, SUSTAINABLE.

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