Vegetables and Fruit forum: Question about soaker hose/drip irrigation

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Apr 12, 2017 7:00 PM CST
I am new to gardening and I am looking to set up some sort of soaker hose or drip irrigation system. I have three rows that are about 3.5 feet wide and almost 20 feet long. Would I need one hose running down the middle of each bed, or do I need two hoses per bed? Does anyone have any recommendations as to which system I should buy?
Also, I have been thinking of using weed mat or plastic mulch cover. Any suggestions as to which one is better?

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Apr 26, 2017 3:16 PM CST
I would look at "dripline".

The maximum row length for 1/4" dripline might be 18 to 34 feet, depending on emitter spacing and flow rate (1/2 GPH or 1 GPH, usually). If you use 1/4" dripline, use 9" or 12" spacing and pressure-compensating emitters.

If you use 1/2" diameter dripline, length and flow-rate restrictions are greatly eased. The 1/2" tubing can handle 240 GPH without huge pressure drops. Typical 1/4" tubing can only handle 40 GPH.

Once you set out some irrigation mainline from you spigot to one bed, you might as well run it all the way around your yard and add spigots and short lengths of hose with a hand-watering sprayer anywhere you want them, for $6-10 each.

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