Are drip systems any good?
I am about to redo my small (12' x 30') front yard landscape. A friend of mine who tends to be right about a lot of things says that drip irrigation systems are weak and problematic and I should just get regular sprinklers and simply use them efficiently.
Its all up to your definition of "problematic"
They do require proper design, proper installation and proper equipment...just as a regular system would.
I just designed and installed a system for my home. We have a bedspace that is almost the size of yours. I did both. Drip on the foundation shrub/trees and pop ups on the annual space. They dont overlap because of the layout and spacing...just my example.
I did make sure I used good quality drip tubing(netafim/rainbird) valve, psi regulator, Y strainer and installed flush caps on the end runs.
What "problems" do i expect...none really that would deter me. I will have to check the Y strainer for debris every few weeks, as well as flush out the lines via the flush caps. That is about 5 mins work each and just a twist of the wrist.
What will i pay close attention to with a drip system? Ill check the soil moisture around the rootzone of the shrubs, and adjust the controller accordingly.
I know this is long but what it boils down to is what is acceptable to you. I personally like drip, it saves water and is effective if designed and maintained properly....just like a regular sprinkler system.
EDIT:you can look thru this thread, also just noticed that SECO and yourself are both in CA, maybe he will chime in and provide more info. http://www.diychatroom.com/f16/landscape-irrigation-system-drip-tubing-22817/
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