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Questions tagged [irrigation]

Artificial application of water to land to assist in the production of crops. (Source: http://www.dictionary.com/browse/irrigation.)

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Rogue Zone in my Irrigation System

I've recently run into an issue with my irrigation system where one of the zones is "stuck". When I have the control panel set to "system off" this zone pops up and seems to run endlessly. I have to ...
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Leaves of young Mango tree are getting yellow

I have a question about a mango tree that I've planted few months ago. At first, it was planted incorrectly and too deep so it took a bit more time than it should to sprout and get to sunlight. Since ...
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Automatic Sprinkler: Calculating how much and how often - based on weather and other parameters

At http://wiki.bitplan.com/index.php/Sprinkler#Requirements I am gathering requirements for a sprinkler software that I intend to create and make available as open source. The hardware is already in ...
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16" Pop-up Spray Heads

Are 16 " high pop-up spray heads available? I have a 12" high pop-up spray head positioned 3' from a rose bush. It sprays forefully into the small rose bush (15" - 18" high). I prefer not to move the ...
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Soaker hose with a rain barrel

I have a simple setup with a rain barrel, and I'd like to run a soaker hose from it to water some flowers at my house. I am hoping to find a soaker hose that will be reliable enough to use for a few ...
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Should rain water be allowed to flow directly into greenhouse?

I see a lot of talk about storing rain for later use in a greenhouse... But what about letting the rain flow into the greenhouse instead of storing it? If a small 6'x9' greenhouse has gutters, would ...
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Can I plant sod over a drip irrigation system?

I've pulled out some plants that we don't really like, and we're trying to figure out what to do with the space of land. I'm thinking the easiest solution would be to go out and buy a few pallets of ...
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Why are my Sprinkler's no longer rotating?

I have an irrigation system that's about 7 years old. I started to notice that some of my sprinkers' (MP Rotators) are either not rotating or doing so at an extremely slow rate. I've done several ...
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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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Rainbird DIY vs Professional irrigation system

I want to install an irrigation system. It seems that their are 2 options. Rain Bird ETI A legit controller, valves, and a valve box. I don't understand why anybody would choose to do option number ...
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What needs to be considered when rerouting irrigation lines?

So I have a perpetual dead spot in my yard. I did some testing with the irrigation system and found that the sprinklers must have been installed before the landscapers put in the trees; the sprinklers ...
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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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Will Irrigation spikes speed up oak tree growth?

I live in a relatively new housing development and the builder was kind enough to plant three trees in my yard. They range from 9-15 ft tall but they are all rather wimpy, each having a trunk diameter ...
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Backyard Mister System

I just finished a 100ft mister system in my back yard using 1/4in poly tubing and adding misters ever 3ft. It is stapled to the top of my wooden fence. The tubing is connected to my water source ...
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LDPE Pipe versus hoses for garden irrigation?

I am wondering if mounting a hose on the house wall is much worse than using LDPE pipes which seem to be the standard for irrigation. I found that working with hose is much easier because it can bend ...
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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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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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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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Is it possible to over-water a fruit tree?

Is it possible to over-water a fruit tree? What are the signs of over-watering a fruit tree?
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Are there sprinkler system timers that measure flow rate?

Are there sprinkler system timers that measure flow rate (e.g., in ft³/min. or gallons/min.) in addition to time? For example, I could tell it to deliver 100 ft³ of water, and it would automatically ...
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What else to test for irrigation box with valves that won't turn on

My yard's irrigation has a total of 8 zones (two irrigation boxes of 4 zones each). After turning on the irrigation this year, I noticed that one whole irrigation box (4 zones) all won't turn on, ...
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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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12v lighting cable and drip tubing in same trench?

I just had my landscape cleaned up and some trees replaced but the lighting system I had is defunct and the irrigation system is 20+ years old and in need of replacing. I need drip lines and lighting ...
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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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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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Are there any tricks to make irrigation even?

I've been fiddling with automated watering systems. Building them from scratch and controlling them via the inter-webs. My biggest problem is getting even water flow to each pot. The plants closest to ...
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Feeding Tomatoes via an irrigation system

OK, so I have set up my greenhouse with growbags and an irrigation system, and am having good results with growing several varieties of tomatoes and chilies. I'd prefer to automate the feeding of my ...
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Hose timer on outdoor spigots with built-in anti-siphon valve

Not knowing any better, I bought an Orbit watering timer, connected one side to the frost-free spigot and the other to a soaker irrigation hose. The spigot side of the timer was always turned on, and ...
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Broken Saddle Tee In Irrigation System

I notice a broken line in my yard and when I dug the line up I have a white tee connector. Looking online it looks like a Poly Pipe Kwikseal Saddle Tee. The nut is missing, which I assume has caused ...
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Irrigation of a hedge in a raised planter

So I've just finished planting this yew hedge in a box and am thinking about laying some drip hose to water it. It occurred to me that I ought to have buried the hose before planting. I'm in bergen, ...
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Using rotary and spray sprinklers on the same zone?

In my front yard I have two sprinkler zones. I have all areas working great, except for one area of the yard. The area gets no water and I would like to install a spray head to take care of that. I ...
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How deep should drip irrigation be installed?

I just moved into a new home, and the flower bed drip irrigation is buried under mulch and about 2 inches of sandy loam. This isn't a correct install is it?
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How do I free a stuck ball bearing on a garden hose quick connecter?

I never had this happen but one of the 3 ball bearings on the female end of a Nelson quick connect is stuck. I have tried soaking it in vinegar, and lubricating it with oil. Any tricks or tips to ...
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Best tool for underground lawn sprinkler system head removal?

My lawn has an underground sprinkler system. Many of the heads are old, leaking, and hard to adjust. So I've been swapping them with Rainbird 5000 series heads. They look like this: Here's the thing. ...
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How does a self-cleaning dripping hose work?

How does the self-cleaning function of a dripping hose work?
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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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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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Is there a practical difference between HDPE and LDPE irrigation tubing?

I see both HDPE and LDPE tubing advertised. Is one better?
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How can I reduce the pressure and flow to only part of an irrigation system?

I'm designing a more permanent tree irrigation system for my property to replace the makeshift only I currently have that uses garden hoses. To water the trees, I've settled on non-pressurized lines ...
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How do I remove a tube from a compression coupler?

I have a half-inch compression end cap attached to some half-inch tubing. The compression end cap is similar to this one: http://www.homedepot.com/p/DIG-1-2-in-Compression-End-Cap-Q58/100125237 I ...
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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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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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Desert Ficus Watering Volume?

Watering a ficus grown in Phoenix, AZ, I've recently had irrigation put in that has changed the way I water the tree. Previously I just used a hose and ran it at lower volume output for an ...
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irrigation setup for a newly planted 15 foot cherry tree and 15 foot river birch [closed]

I have a newly planted 15 foot cherry tree. I am setting up an irrigation system. How often and how much water should I give the tree? I also have a newly planted 15 foot river birch , same question.
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How to install irrigation for an unstructured garden

Last year my wife and I were veggie gardening rookies: I built a 4'x8' raised garden bed out of cedar, we planted, and actually didn't do half bad. At the end of the season we spoke with a "master ...
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Is there an irrigation trencher that can create sloped trenches?

Unable to find any well suited trencher for digging ditches for irrigation pipes to be laid into. It seems there are no models on the market that would take care of the slanting for us. All models are ...
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How should I increase the amount of water coming from my irrigation system?

Over the last weekend, I installed the irrigation system for our vegetable garden which is square-shaped. I used 1/2" poly tubing for the main water supply line and then used 1/4" drip line with built-...
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Greywater gravity irrigation control\float valve

I am using a large trashcan as a greywater reservoir using a few bulkhead fittings. I need a valve or float combination that will empty it when full. It needs to hold the drain open until the water ...
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How important is it to install an irrigation system during a new build?

We're building a new house in Lenexa, Kansas (southwest side of Kansas City). Our yard is larger than average, and the cost for the builder to put in an irrigation system is $4,250. I'm debating on if ...
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Can I use rainwater captured in Los Angeles to grow plants?

I have a rainwater capture system. Roof is not metal, neither are the gutters. I capture 1300 gallons under my deck. I live in Los Angeles. Can I grow with this? Or should I be worried about ...