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DIY - Gardening Do It Yourself Do you know a good gardening DIY plan? Are you in need for some good DIY ideas? This is the forum to discuss all Do It Yourself plans and questions. For example, learn about: The pipe work to support banana bunches, making pots out of newspaper, using plastic cups as pots, tips for building coverings for plants during winter, etc. If you know a good DIY plan, please share it here, and if you need one, please ask away!


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Old 09-03-2010, 01:36 PM   #1 (permalink)
 
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Default Which method of watering is more appropriate?

Clay soil. In-ground fruit trees. Dripper (rated at 1 GPH) is about $0.30 each, the sprayer is $0.97, water flow is adjustable by turning the knob on top.
I intend to place 3 to 4 around each tree. To deep-water, I would guess that I need to leave them on for about 2 hours (maybe more?). Thanks,


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Old 09-03-2010, 01:59 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Default Re: Which method of watering is more appropriate?

To me a sprayer is better. With a dripper sometimes the water has a tendency to go straight down and not spread out in the root zone.

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Drip Irrigation Drip Emitters and Pot Spitters from Home Harvest Garden Supply

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To me a sprayer is better. With a dripper sometimes the water has a tendency to go straight down and not spread out in the root zone.

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That's my concern as well. With 3 to 4 sprayers around each tree, the entire rootzone is covered. Might have to bite the bullet and buy all them $0.97 sprayers. See you in a couple days,
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i like the spray for better coverage. i never understood "drip" irrigation.
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Default Re: Which method of watering is more appropriate?

Here's a short article I wrote on the subject
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Default Re: Which method of watering is more appropriate?

I know that the sprayers give a more uniform watering, but for my application, I have hanging basket drippers installed underneath my mulch. A totally hidden system. So the drippers work better for me because the plants learn where the water is coming from and grow roots over there. That way I don't have to waste water spraying it over the top of my mulch, causing my mulch to break down quicker.
I use one dripper for each smaller perennial plant and 2-3 for each banana plant, so that the bananas get the amount of increased water they need. Also I can periodically run fertilizer through the drippers to increase growth of my beds.
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