planning DIY soaker hose system
First time poster to this forum. Usually, I am on New England and Perennials.
We need to use a drip irrigation system for large, irregularly shaped beds chock full of perennials, trees and shrubs. The borders are mature so laying out the hoses involves weaving around ground level branches, shrubs and not crushing perennials.
Here is what I do have a clue about from reading some posts now: psi, how to measure it, backflow and pressure regulators. Having installed an emittor system, I learned it is not good for a mature garden. Or at least mine. In any case, it is not operating now.
Here are just a few things I don't know: I don't know
if soakers can only go horizontally, or can maintain pressure going uphill,
or how to water the complete circumferance (don't remember how to spell it!) of a tree or shrub, although I have ideas
How can you get the soaker hose to stay where it belongs if it is not just a straight line? I wondered about big landscape staples, as long as one doesn't punch a big hole into the hose.
My first question is to save you guys work: can you refer me to an really good on line source of info or FAQ that can get me started? Then I don't have to ask so many basic questions.
Or, if you are up writing for an essay I'll ask everything here and let you do what you do so well! I'm sure I'll be writing back soon. We seem to beginning another very early, rainless summer here in my part of Massachusetts
Thanks for your interest and help!