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Discussion in 'Irrigation' started by duckworth, Jul 9, 2012.

  1. duckworth

    duckworth LawnSite Member
    Messages: 163

    Do all the above always plant tall plants in front of sprays in flower beds .l got 4 12" pop up sprays in all the corners and he plants tall plants in front of 3 of the sprays.he is very experienced gardener but tough to change his mind.anyone else have this problem and how to fix it?
  2. Mike Leary

    Mike Leary LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 23,172

    The only way to beat the lag with LAs/Designers/Gardeners is to design for it. I learned many years ago that they (or the client) thought that changing plant material was no big deal; wrong, screwed us for application! After realizing this, in plantings, they got front-load 1812 heads, risers in the center and rear, all on separate zones. I told my people, "I can handle this area, but if you're going to stick trees in, I need to know."
    Last edited: Jul 9, 2012
  3. muddywater

    muddywater LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,813

    Irrigation needs to be modified to plant material. Maybe the landscape demands taller plantings. Irrigation is designed to keep the desired plant material alive. Plant material is not designed to work around irrigation layout. I am with mike, 4" sprays dont really have any business in a flower bed, i only do 1812s. Its just a few bucks more, and the clients eyes really light up when they see those things pop up.
  4. mitchgo

    mitchgo LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,956

    He said he had 4- 1812's blocked from tall plants

    Hedges, bigger bushes I don't have a problem with because I can raise the head into the bush still hidden but pop up enough.

    When you start raising heads on a edge ( like a driveway or walkway) due to blocked perennials when the design Was completely fine then this is a landscape issue.

    Sorry you can't expect the plants behind them to get watered
  5. Az Gardener

    Az Gardener LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,899

    You're right sprinkler heads have no business in the flower beds. I prefer to see bubblers or subsurface drip like .DL 2000 or Netafim. The 1/2" size not the little spaghetti stuff.

    And the gardeners off too. Typically you like to do a choir boy design with shorter plants in the front and taller ones to the back or the center.
  6. cjohn2000

    cjohn2000 LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 570

    I always like it when people use side and corner strips on a 4" in a 4' wide bed. 5' nozzles are my choice for beds usually triangular layout. Not always concerned about 12" popups when I have 5' not trying to water the leaves. 6 inchers at least though 4" popups have no business in a bed.
  7. jvanvliet

    jvanvliet LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,944

    Those guys are nimrods... a pro will check the existing irrigation before making landscape changes and advise the owners some sprinkler modifications are required.
  8. 1idejim

    1idejim LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 11,358

    very well put.
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  9. bcg

    bcg LawnSite Bronze Member
    from Tx
    Messages: 1,865

    Put drip in beds and you won't have this problem.
  10. jvanvliet

    jvanvliet LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,944

    Until they cut through the line...

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