Water/Drip System on Large Trees/Shrubs - Knowledgebase Question

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Question by muerlin
April 22, 2010
I see in equipment manufacturer guides details of taking drip tubing looping around the large tree with emitter holes spaced so far apart on that loop.

What I'm wondering is...why not just have one 360 degree sprayer or bubbler that jets out a couple feet in each direction. To me, it's simpler and easier to check/maintain this single sprayer. Would it work..what sprayer specs should I get?

Answer from NGA
April 22, 2010
Your idea is good. The only catch is that you'll want to make sure you have adequate water pressure to the system to support the GPM the sprayer requires to reach out to the ends of the tree canopy. Tree roots are directly beneath the canopy of the tree so your watering system should deliver water throughout the soil beneath the canopy. You'll need to measure the area and then choose a sprayer that will reach with the GPM your water system provides. Have fun with your design!

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