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Old 02-12-2009, 02:31 PM   #1
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Should I Do Sprinklers + Drip System?


Hi,

We're landscaping our backyard. We want to put in lawn in the middle with generous border areas where we'll plant low-water plants with mulch as ground cover. My understanding is that the low-water areas should be watered using a drip system, rather than sprinklers. We currently have one water spigot in our backyard.

- Can both a sprinkler system and a drip system be tied into that spigot?
- Is there a timer/control system that can do both sprinklers AND a drip system?
- I'd like to put in the sprinkler + lawn first, and worry about the border areas later. Is there any reason not to do it this way?

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-J
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Yes you should use drip except for the lawn. Yes you can get timers to do this. But, first are you on a well or city water. Most wells do not produce enough gal/min to supply a sprinkler system.
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Are you on a well or city water?
City.

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Then you should be fine. If you are planning ground cover, most will not need watering after it is established. Why not use a simple soaking hose on a timer. You can split the spigot at the house and run simple hose timers to each zone. That is a cheap route if you want one.
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Hi, and thanks for your responses so far.

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Why not use a simple soaking hose on a timer. You can split the spigot at the house and run simple hose timers to each zone.
You're talking about just the non-lawn parts, right? So I would split the spigot into 3:

1) regular spigot
2) sprinkler timer for lawn
3) hose timer for soaking hose

Right?

Thanks. Never done this. Just trying to get it right the first time.

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Yes.. or even more. I have some that have six outlets from one. The idea is you can use one hose timer and set different sprinkler timers for different areas. The soaking hose needs to run longer since it just drips and needs to spread out. Try about 3 hours to start set about 8:AM Run the lawn sprinklers on two 15 minute cycles about 30 minutes apart. Overlap the areas each head covers by 1/3 Also look at getting inline filters for sprinkler systems or the heads will clog in no time.
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