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best way to water planting beds & trees but ignore the lawn

Posted by hairmetal4ever Z7 MD (My Page) on
Thu, Aug 8, 13 at 10:35

OK - say you have several acres, maybe 7. Too much to water a 7-acre lawn, unless you either have a well with ridiculous yield (like 100GPM & abundant groundwater) or wish to spend $1000 per month.

However, as it is much harder to replace a tree or established shrub/perennial bed than to replant grass, I'd be more concerned about the ability to irrigate the permanent non-lawn plants.

In this area, most summers have at least dry spells that, while most plants survive them, it's not "optimal". Some years, like this one up until recently, are actually pretty wet & need no irrigation at all. Still other years, like 2007, it seems like it never rains.

However, with a larger property, to me the idea of an inground system has an appeal even if it won't be used for the lawn, since dragging a hose 800 feet to the back of a large lot seems difficult.

I'd like a system that allows me to irrigate relatively easily if/when I need to.

Has anyone done this specifically for everything BUT the lawn?

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RE: best way to water planting beds & trees but ignore the lawn

Yes, it is very common to have trees and shrubs on underground irrigation. I run mine on drip emitters.

RE: best way to water planting beds & trees but ignore the lawn

The best solution would be low volume drip tubing and shrub bubblers although it may not be the most economical. You would not need a massive pump to supply the water needed but to run pipe underground with wiring to the valves could become very pricey on 7 acres. If all the areas you want watered are relatively close and not sprawled out this would be the route I would take.

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