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Posts: 7

Location: USA


Friday, March 30th 2007, 10:30am

Irrigating Rose beds

Can anyone recommend a good way to irrigate a rose bed that's about 4' deep (front to back) and 30' long, keeping in mind that I don't want to get the structure behind the rose bed wet nor the foliage on the rose bushes (I know--picky, picky.) I've tried Rainbird's bubblers but they put out too much gpm and when I've reduced the gpm to about the right rate, the water just runs down the riser. I've also tried drip irrigation (which would be great), but the maintenance on it is ridiculous and impossible for me to keep up with. I'd like to water these roses in such a way that the ground around the plant gets uniformly watered but not too quickly.

Any ideas or experience to help me out? Thanks much!


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Friday, March 30th 2007, 11:04am

I'm watering my roses with drip irrigation. However, I'm NOT using the stuff that connects to the garden hose. Instead, I installed it as a part of a regular lawn irrigation. I included a 200 mesh filter for the entire system, and installed a 30psi pressure regulator before the irrigation valve for the roses. I then ran 3/4" PVC underground to the rose beds and transitioned to 1/2" copper where the pipe comes out of the ground within the rose bed. I then transistion from the copper to drip irrigation. Becasue I like to fertilize by sprinkling water soluable fertilizer around the rose bushes and water it in, I used adjustable sprayers that connect to the drip irrigation tubing. Let me know if you want more details.


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Friday, March 30th 2007, 11:15am

Netafim would work absolutely perfect in your situation.

It would have to be on a separate zone


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Location: Metro NYC


Friday, March 30th 2007, 12:20pm

Bubblers, or something like them, can handle a rose bed. What's needed, is the information on how much water is available.



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Location: USA


Friday, March 30th 2007, 4:19pm

I'm a huge fan of the staked stream bubbler. Not one of my customers has complained about them. If they're happy I'm happy. They're fully adjustable and very easy to relocate. Here's a link.
If I can't fix it, it's broken!


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Location: FT. Walton Beach, Florida


Friday, March 30th 2007, 4:25pm

I am with Tom. Netafim is the industry leader in drip technology. Check with your local distributor to see what is available in your area. Or log on to thier site and find an authorized reseller.
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Saturday, March 31st 2007, 2:09am

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Saturday, March 31st 2007, 4:04pm

For the actual application of water, I'm using something like the Netafim micro sprinklers (but it's what ever the stuff the local Lowe's carries - Mr Mister, or something like that).

But what I really like about my setup is that I have the 1/2" copper pipe coming up out of the ground within the flower bed. A 90 elbow keeps the pipe low to the ground and easily hidden with mulch. The copper ends with 1/2" threaded female conector which allows me to easily change out the drip irrigation system within the flower bed without distrubing the pipe that leads to the flower bed.


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Location: USA


Saturday, March 31st 2007, 4:38pm

Thanks to all you fine folks who responded to my post. One other question: Have any of you had experience with the Hunter PCB (or PCN) bubbler nozzles? They claim on the Sprinkler Warehouse website that these nozzles are "the perfect alternative to drip . . . ." and that they "offer(s) all the precision of drip, but none of the maintenance hassles." Has anyone tried these nozzles?

Thanks again!

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