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Wednesday, December 2nd 2015, 1:02pm

Mound Irrigation

I live in an area where ground water is an issue and I plant citrus and tropical fruit on mounds. The mounds are defined by a lumber hexagon (made usually of 8"x2") and vary in diameter from 12' to 4'. They are about 18"-24" high at the center. During the wet months, they keep the roots out of the water, but dry out fast in the dry months. The mounds are situated all around my house in a turf lawn. The mounds are covered by a wood chip mulch. If I want to water these mounds, what would be the best choice? I have a 20 gpm well and tank with enough capacity to keep the pump from cycling too much. I would be concerned about too much flow onto the mounds and getting run off or erosion. What type of system (drip, emitters, tape, etc.) would you recommend? The roots come out of the trunk at the top of the mound, follow the slope down and probably extend into the lawn surrounding the mounds. Ideas?

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