Originally Posted by ldb
Thank you sdsester! This was my very first post and you gave me some great feedback. I'll stop in our local Rain Bird supplier and likely walk out with a fertilzer injector.
I started using drip irrigation about 20 years ago in a small way. I had 3 flower boxes, 3 hanging plants on the front porch and 4 small sprinkler heads aimed at a flower bed. We sold that house in Peoria, IL. last fall and bought a home in E. Peoria. Our new place needs lots of TLC but that's what we love doing. We went from .25 acre to 1.2 acre property so one of the many things on our 'to do' list is better water management. Thanks for your help! LDB
You are most welcome. If your Rain Bird supplier doesn't have one they should certainly be able to get one in a couple days.
With expanded acreage, think about some rain barrel approaches to go with drip. They are natural together since drip has no major pressure requirements. Much as plants love drip off the city supply? They really take to water without chlorine and other chemicals added.
The first drip system components I was introduced to actually came from Israel and the desert. Over there, your monthly water allowance gets dialed in and when you run out, you are out. Israel and Arab countries have been at this for awhile. I am glad it is catching on here.
It is hard for us in Illinois to except we drain the aquafores faster than they can replenish. We have polluted much of the river that flows near you to the point it is dangerous and where I am again? We cannot, even as one of the three largest cities in the country, drain Lake Michigan for our own purposes. And I have seen two headed fish pulled out of it anyhow.
These drought situations are here to stay as well so as you redo your new place do think about how much turf you really want or need. Nice textured groundcovers will look so nice, take less water and require less maintenance and money on your part. When doing landscape design I was always able to talk homeowners out of at least 50 percent of the turf they had in mind with no complaints.