Drip Irrigation Design Guide- Watering Schedules
Designing & Planning Your System
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When determining your water schedule, it’s important to understand that there are several factors that need to be taken into account. Plants with deep root zones require longer watering than those with shallow root zones. Conditions such as temperature, wind, humidity, sun exposure and soil type will all have an effect on how much water can be applied at one time.
The follow watering times and intervals are meant to be guidelines to help you with setting up a watering schedule. When starting, it’s best to water for 2 or 3 irrigation cycles. Check for moisture around drip emitters and root zones. Be sure the soil is neither too wet nor too dry and the plants look healthy. Make gradual changes to your schedule to adjust for your drip systems conditions. As the seasons change, increase or decrease your watering schedule accordingly.
Drip Emitters & Soaker Hose Dripline:
Example: In late spring time, a row of small trees would need to be watered for 1 to 2 hours with a scheduled interval of every 2nd or 3rd day.
Micro Sprays and Jets:
Example: In the middle of summer, a flower bed & ground cover would need to be watered for 30 to 60 minutes with a scheduled interval of every day or 2nd day.