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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Should drip irrigation pressure regulators reduce pressure when water is not flowing?

I purchased a brand new hose end pressure gauge and the water coming out of the hose faucet reads 64 PSI. I then put a 25 psi pressure regulator between the faucet and the gauge, and it still read 64 ...
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Drip watering 5m flower bed from downpipe

I have a 5m flowerbed at the front of my house that is under roof cover and so gets no direct rain onto it. Beside it is the downpipe from the roof guttering and I can't help but wonder if I could ...
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Can I connect an irrigation system to my spigot? What pipe size should I use for the irrigation system?

In this picture I have a spigot in point 9 (see the spigot setup below) and I am planing to install an irrigation system as per the below layout The edging is 44'x18' with flower beds ~4' wide (at ...
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Installing a watering system and edging above it: any pros and cons?

Here is the picture that is worth 1000 words Since I am about to install the edging that you see in the backyard (area covered by the runs 1-4) I am considering installing the irrigation pipes in a ...
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Labeling buried PVC pipes to know which is which

Setting up irrigation and we have 9 zones. In some areas multiple pipes go along the same trench for quite some distance. Later on I may 'T' off one of the pipes and I'm wondering best to label the ...
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Disengaging 1/4" tubing from plastic fittings

The task of repairing an irrigation system that someone else installed has fallen on me. I have zero experience with this. I've studied the system for a couple of days, and I've been able to make some ...
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Apple, Walnut, Apricot water need

I have googled so much about these trees water needs I see numbers like 600cm of rainfall each year. But I don't know How can I interpret that number. Here we have enough rainfall through Autumn, ...
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Identify this connector for my irrigation system

Two years ago I had an irrigation system installed in my garden; now I'd like to expand it with a drip line. The man who installed the system left a tube specifically for this purpose, and today I ...
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How do I connect a 1/2" bsp(F) connector to a quick connect hose?

I want to connect this washing gun to a hose end (1/2") with a quick connect system. What connector do I need? Any links would be welcome! For instance, would any of these work?
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Should ProMix potting soil absorb water slowly?

I used to use Miracle Gro potting mix and it always absorbed water quickly and passed it through the pot. I recently purchased ProMix potting soil to grow some vegetables and I'd like to figure out if ...
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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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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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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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Why is anti-siphon leaking with just one zone?

About a month ago I started to notice that the anti-siphon leaks or seems like it is trying to pressurize like it would when turning the system on in the spring. As far as I can tell this only happens ...
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Are there any disadvantages to using a Tree watering spike?

(In Southern Cali) I've been racking my brain about a recent remodel of our irrigation system in a certain zone that has 2 large fig trees in the middle of a section of grass. The main trunk of each ...
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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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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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Making an outdoors wick-watering system for tropical plants

I'm considering a wick-watering system for few plants which need more water than the plants I have in the same area. The location is shaded, and the plants are on shelves. Types of pants - Begonias; ...
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Sprinkler head pools water while running only

My sprinkler head pools a good amount of water only while it is running. Looking online, I can only find reference to low head drainage, which I don't think this is since it doesn't pool once that ...
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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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No pressure in irrigation system

Last summer the sprinklers worked fine but when trying to replace them with drip we found the water no longer flowed. I opened the pressure regulator to inspect if it was blocked but it seemed fine. I ...
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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 ...