drip system - Knowledgebase Question

Lancaster, Ca
Question by PWill72710
June 18, 2009
Planted 3 24in. boxed trees last week. (Texas ash and white birch). Want to install drip system around each from existing irrigation line. What do I need to install?

Answer from NGA
June 18, 2009


You can use either one gallon emitters or bubblers for your trees, attached to tubing you run from the main line. How often to water is a question I can't answer - it all depends upon your soil type. A 1-gph emitter will cover an area 12 inches in diameter in sandy soil or an area 18 inches in diameter in clay soil. I use one gallon emitters and run my system for 30 minutes twice a day in the summer time for my trees. I have clay soil. You want the moisture to soak down 24 to 36 inches deep so to find out how well the system is working you'll need to use a probe and push it down into the soil. It will be easy to push into moist soil but will stop in dry soil. If you can push the probe down 2-3 feet, the soil is moist enough. If not, you'll need to adjust the amount of time you run the system. Best wishes with your new trees.

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