[NAFEX] Advice on drip irrigation
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Sun Apr 2 23:16:25 EDT 2006
I've also had mediocre success with soaker hose. After a season it
develops "leaks", and most of the water flows through a few spots. I
put in some emitters last year. I haven't tried turning them on yet
this year, but there's no visible winter damage. They were great for
getting baby trees started. I didn't even use a timer or anything -
just turned the system on when it had been dry for a while.
Long term, my climate is damp enough that I don't expect to need
irrigation for my trees. I do plan to irrigate again this year,
because it was a very dry winter, and my trees were severely stressed
by caterpillars and deer last year, so they are still getting
started. I am using the widest-spreading emitter in the catalog for
them, and I will irrigate rarely but deeply, in the hopes of
encouraging the roots to grow down. Ask me in a few more years and
I'll let you know how it goes.
eastern Mass., zone 6
On Apr 2, 2006, at 10:06 PM, Michelle Horner wrote:
> I only have 25 trees in a mixed dwarf orchard. I thought I was
> being so
> clever. I mapped out and planned; permanently installed
> approximately 30 ft
> per tree of soaker hose spiraled out from the trunk. I pinned it
> into place
> with wire earthpins that I hand made over winter. I figured I
> could water 4
> trees at a time with hoses from a 4 head diverter; even installed the
> requisite pressure valve. Covered the hose with 6 inches of straw
> Did the same in several flower and hosta beds. It was a complete
> bust. It
> took me two summers to be enthused enough to clear the detritus.
> The soaker
> hose was terrible; very irregular in its dripping patterns. I'll
> do it
> again with the more suggested drip heads. I think they have
> improved these
> a lot in the past 2 to 3 years. They've developed reliable plugs
> for the
> hosing if you need to move the drip heads, timers to turn on/off
> that are
> easy to adjust for different times of the year (drought/wet), etc.
> I just
> need to redevelop the enthusiasm to reset the whole operation. SIGH.
> Please learn from my mistakes!
> Michelle Horner zone 4/5 SE WI
> ----- Original Message -----
> Subject: [NAFEX] Advice on drip irrigation
>> I am interested in setting up a drip irrigation system for my fruit
>> trees in New Jersey (zone 6). I have two 30 ft rows w. trees spaced
>> every 5 feet. I am a little lost about how to start. While I am sure
>> that water needs vary by time of year/region, any general
>> guidelines on
>> setting things up, volume of water to use, etc. Would a simple soaker
>> hose be just as good for my small operation?
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