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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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 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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How can I pump water from a rain barrel to my balcony?

I live in an apartment with a porch that is one story off of the ground. I plan on container gardening on the porch, but I don't have a spigot outside to connect a hose. There is, however, a gutter ...
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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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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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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 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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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 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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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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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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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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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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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 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 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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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 ...
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Do I need to change the irrigation for my Shamel Ash trees?

I have three Shamel Ashes in my yard, all planted at roughly the same time and all irrigated in the same way. Despite professional care they haven't shown any substantial growth in over a year. If ...
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How Do I Determine The Best Watering Schedule For My Lawn?

I just bought a new house and I want to program the irrigation system. I don't know anything about the lawn or the system because I just moved in. I want to know how often I should water the lawn, ...
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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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How does a self-cleaning dripping hose work?

How does the self-cleaning function of a dripping hose work?
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How to conceal anti-siphon irrigation valves?

I'm rebuilding the valve manifold of my residential irrigation system. The existing system seems to have no backflow prevention, so among other changes, I'll be swapping out the globe valves for anti-...
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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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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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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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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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Golden Pothos Leaves Are Regularly Dying

I have a very interesting set up and had questions about the differences across our factory floor. We have three columns of Golden Pothos that are numbered about 96 plants (unless the irrigation ...
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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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Irrigation timer with setable delay before start

I live in a climate that is sufficiently variable that it doesn't lend itself to programmed irrigation. At present I use simple mechanical timers. Put a sprinker in place, turn the timer on, and go ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Sub-irrigation planter bucket setup

After doing some research around sub-irrigation I think I've come up with a cheap method of creating a SIP pot (the 20L pails are expensive in Aus) 9.3L Bucket ~40cm length of 2" Corrugated Drain ...
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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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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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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 ...