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Slow continuous irrigation, also known as drip irrigation or trickle irrigation.

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What are the differences between above and below ground irrigation?

Is there a major difference in effectiveness of delivery of water/nutrients through the use of above ground (sprinkler, flooding, etc) versus below ground (buried drip pipes) irrigation systems?
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How do I manage different water flows with a drip irrigation system in my vegetable garden?

A year ago, we redid our yard and put in a nice vegetable garden. It's got two raised beds about 3 x 8 and a bunch of pots. I bought my wife a drip irrigation system so that watering would be easier ...
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PC controlled irrigation system

I am investigating the use of a PC to control my yard irrigation system. The research that I've done has only revealed one system with the (unfortunate) name of Irritrol. Have you used your PC to ...
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How much water should I give my veggies every day?

I have the following plants, each with their own drip feed: Corn Tomatoes Peppers Squash Cucumber Cantalope Crenshaw mellon Zuccini Artichoke Bush beans I have a bunch of drip ends that are 1 gallon ...
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Is it better to lay out a drip system before mulching the yard?

I still have lots of empty patches in my garden/backyard that will eventually be covered by plants. But in the meantime, to keep weeds under control, I'm planning on mulching the entire yard. I also ...
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What do I actually need to do in order to size/buy a DIY drip garden watering system?

I'm looking at adding a drip-watering system to my garden. I have a garden that is about 500 square feet, with roughly 40 tomato/pepper sized plants, a handful of raspberries, and about 100 feet worth ...
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How to set up a very long (1600 ft) drip irrigation system?

I've been tasked with setting up a drip system, and I'm at a loss of how to go about it. My only source of water is from a 3/4" garden valve. I am planting 250 plants, and ideally 250 emitters will go ...
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How do I setup my drip irrigation head assembly if my hose bibb is too low to the ground?

I ordered a drip irrigation kit and the head assembly includes a backflow preventer, inline filter, pressure regulator, and hose adapter. I also purchased a timer. The problem is my hose adapter is ...
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Spinkler System Layout

I am planning on doing my own backyard to save a bunch of money on labor. The first step will be digging the trenches for my sprinkler system. Before I begin, i was hoping to get any thoughts or ...
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Looking for basic info/resources for drip irrigation

I had my irrigation system installed about 8 years ago. The guy who did it was a landscaper but did it as a friend on the side, and as such I have no idea what corners he may have cut to save me some ...
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Installing a DIY drip system

I have a practical question about a garden irrigation system I'm thinking about creating. Instead of connecting this "drip system" to my faucet which only has expensive water from the government, I'd ...
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What is the most efficient drip system setup for irrigating a tree in the desert?

What is the most efficient (i.e., least water lost due to evaporation) drip system setup for irrigating a tree in the desert? I've seen some elaborate setups, like this: But having it above-ground ...
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What purpose do these towers serve in drip irrigation?

I bought a foreclosed house that already had drip irrigation installed. The system can be turned on via a control panel in the garage. The previous owner was angry that he lost his house so he snipped ...
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How Can I Get a Watertight Seal on my Drip System?

I'm very new to gardening and am attempting to set up my first drip system for a potted plant I have on my deck since I travel quite a bit and want to make sure it's getting water. Here is my ...
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Fixing leaks from drip irrigation compression fittings

I have an older installation of .710 drip irrigation hose which has sprung some leaks, and I'm trying to patch it with .700 hose (because .710 isn't available anymore). This means I'm using .710 ...
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Is it possible to use micro-sprinklers to irrigate the lawn?

While trying to solve the same problem I’ve inquired before — using shrub sprinkler heads in drip-irrigation system to water narrow side lawn — I am coming to realisation that even if pressure is ...
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Is it normal for drip hose to tear when pulled from compression fitting?

I have an older drip/soaker hose setup that I'm attempting to patch. I've had leak troubles which means I have pulled the hoses from the compression fittings several times while attempting to fix it. ...
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Why is my drip line spraying, not dripping?

We recently noticed a small geyser in our landscape and found that the connector had been broken from the 1/2" line to the 1/4" drip line. I replaced it with a similar 1/4" barbed connector. Now ...
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Very small scale drip irrigation

I would like to use a drip irrigation system for my houseplant, for fun and to hopefully go from watering it daily to maybe checking up on it weekly. I don't want to deal with connecting it to my ...
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Combining drip irrigation with small shrub/lawn sprinklers

I am planning an above-ground system for a very small lot. I am trying ot do most of it with drip irigation, but I also have small lawn to the side, and I was wondering if I could combine the drip and ...
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Drip Irrigation for Row of Long Arborvitae Hedge

Both sides of our property have newly planted 6 foot arborvitaes planted. One side has about 55 and the other side has about 25 all spaced 2.5 feet from center in straight lines in a 5 foot wide bed ...
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How long and when to drip irrigate potted tomato plants?

I have ½GPH (gallons per hour) drippers watering 3' tall tomato plants in pots. How long and when should I set the timer to water them? They are in an arid climate.
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Drip irrigation for farming tomatoes?

My uncle just starting farming tomatoes. For irrigation he used to mix chemicals in water and irrigate the farm for 1 to 2 hour's 2 times a day, but the results were not good. Most of the plants died ...
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Fixing drips that are no longer working

I have a rainbird drip system for my raised vegetable bed. Some of the drips are blocking the water to go through to the plant (seems like it is blocked). I replaced the drip and now water goes ...
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How to convert inches to gallons?

When I'm trying to figure out how much to water things in my garden I'll often see things like, "...they will need 1-2 inches of water each week." From what I understand, this is the same as if there ...
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Drip irrigation system

I recently visited an urban farm and was intrigued with their irrigation system. I haven't been able to find the components online either because they built it from scratch or I'm using the wrong ...
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Some True Date Palm Questions

I had the following date palm just installed and I have a few questions I'd love to get some expert options on: It came tied up as I expected and the place that sold me it said I should leave it tied ...
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Can I fertilize solely through fertigation?

I'm growing a pumpkin patch and plan to use drip irrigation under a mulch layer. Unfortunately, various parts of the soil are lacking in some nutrients. I don't think I'll have the money (this year) ...
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Automatic drain valve for drip irrigation

I have a terraced drip irrigation system that is a few stories high. I’d like to put an automatic (but passive) drain valve at the bottom, so that when the system isn’t pressurized, the valve opens ...
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Newer watering system lacks pressure

A couple years ago I had someone repair and replace front yard yard watering rubber piping with pvc, and replace drip system lines. He did not put heads on the drip lines. I have noticed that the ...
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Drip lines not working

Recently moved into a house that has drip line irrigation. There are 4 drip lines on one valve. However, when I turn on that valve, only two of the lines work. The other 2 lines do not even have ...
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Completely sealing drip system hole plugs

I used several of these hole plugs: However, they are not sealing very well toward the end of the line (presumeably because the pressure builds up there). Should I use the larger end of the plug? Or ...
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Drip watering system drains water tank with inactive pump

I have a 200 litre water tank on my balcony with a submersible pump at the bottom and a hose + drip system attached. Pump is supposed to automatically switch on twice a day while we're on vacation. ...
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Is automatic drip irrigation possible without a timer?

I'd like to put in my first drip irrigation system because I'm too inconsistent when it comes to watering. My garden patch is only 100 sq ft of ground. It's continuous and adjacent to a tap. Some ...
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Adjustable spray jet tips keep getting clogged

I installed a drip system for my garden using mostly 180 degree and 90 degree adjustable spray jets on spikes (got them from Home Depot). I keep running into a problem where the tips get clogged. I'm ...
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Mist vs dripping irrigation for fruit trees

What are the advantages and disadvantages of each method? I suspect that mist is more expensive, but covers a larger area of the tree roots.
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Micro Drip Irrigation Backflow Filter (To Protect Pump)

I've installed micro irrigation, as: water butt > pump filter > Shurflo 30psi pump > 16mm supply pipe > 4mm pipe > emitters Have seen others mention dirt can enter the emitters & eventually ...
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How do I deal with variable head in a gravity drip system?

I am planning a gravity drip irrigation system fed from a large cistern that is 55 inches tall from the faucet to the overflow tube. This will yield a significant variation in water pressure between ...
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Is it possible to irrigate a bonsai with a drip system?

I recently acquired a bonsai and am nervous about the danger of over- or under-watering. Is it possible/feasible/worthwhile to build some sort of drip system to keep the soil at a constant humidity? ...
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What is optimal orientation of drip holes on driplines?

I want know what are the best orientations for driplines? especially those that are under the surface.
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Using Rain Bird drip irrigation tubing with quick connect fittings

Has anyone ever used Rain Bird (or similar) drip irrigation tubing with quick connect fittings (tees, elbows, valves, etc.), such as Sharkbite or John Guest fittings? If so, what was your experience (...
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How much to water Raspberries on a drip line?

I just put in a drip line today. I only used 1 GPH emitters on the raspberries. Any idea how long I should water them when it dries up this summer? I know it should be 1 to 2 inches a weeks but how do ...
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Is using sprinkler system in orchard a wise choice?

My orchard has walnut, apricot and apple trees and I have alfalfa as cover crop. For now I am using surface irrigation. I am planing to change my system to drip irrigation or sprinkler irrigation. ...
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How much water does my square foot vegetable garden really need if I'm using drip irrigation? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How much water should I give my veggies every day? I recently installed a drip irrigation kit in my square foot garden with 1GPH heads aimed at the center of each square foot ...
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Going up with a drip-feed system

I currently have a very system drip feed system, consisting of a single pipe with small outlets like the one in this image. It's working quite well, but I'd like to make a "branch" on it which would ...