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Drip irrigation kit for dummies

 
                          
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In an ideal world, I 'd read up on drip irrigation, ask questions then evaluate the different products out there. Unfortunately, I squeezed for time. I'm working fulltime, preparing to sell the house and move to Zimbabwe by end of August so I have time to settle before the rainy season starts. I'm tired just thinking about all the stuff I haven't done. So my question is, given my utter ignorance what's the best kit I can get for about half an acre. I'm looking for ALL inclusive - start up and go. The prices I've seen vary so wildly I'm not sure what to make of it.

I've seen this  http://www.robertmarvel.com/HomeGardenDrip.html and http://www.dripworksusa.com/store/heartkit.php and http://www.johnnyseeds.com/p-8252-250-ft-irri-gator-kit.aspx and tons more on amazon.com. Any pointers? 

Oh, one more http://www.harborfreight.com/irrigation-drip-kit-46095.html
 
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used to be able to get some really good quality kits but haven't seen them in a while..I bought mine about 30 years ago and have reconfigured them many times.

remember to get non drip hose to go under paths and the push in connectors are really great that come with drip and non drip hoses that push into the plastic connectors..

buy extra connectors if you are in a frost area as occasionally they'll crack and need to be replaced esp after years of reconfiguring..

I THINK I orignally bought mine at K mart..but we no longer have a K mart here..so parts aren't avail to me any more..unless i drive where there IS a Kmart and they still have parts??

i love it though, have several acres of ornamental and food areas covered by several drips with lots of shut offs
 
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Brenda, what kind of drip system do you have - does it just have holes in tubing or does it have emitters?  I had a small system with emitters but they broke very quickly and I gave up on it.  I still have a lot of the tubing and connectors, etc and want to use them for something.
 
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the kind i have came with soaker hoses, emitters and sprinklers..the emitters and sprinklers weren't the best, cheap, but the soakers are wonderful..I've used them forever..some emitters still work also
 
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Thank you, maybe I'll try soaker hoses.    I wonder if they will clog with our hard water?  Maybe if I run rainwater through them every so often they won't....
 
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If you are talking about the cheap soaker hoses that every hardware or garden store sells, I can't imagine water so hard that it would plug them.  If it does, just turn them on, and if you find an area that isn't dripping, just prick it with a sewing needle where you want more water.  Their biggest enemy is UV rays, but under a layer of mulch (where they should be), they should last at least until you say "OOPS!" one day while hoeing weeds.
 
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Thanks John! 
 
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all systems are flushable..i have high calcium in my water
 
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I know this thread is old, but I'm wondering what suppliers people have used (somewhat recently) for drip irrigation parts or kits. We are building a large rainwater collection system off the barn roof and I am planning to build a rather large drip system off of that for young trees and shrubs.

My initial online search brought me to a supplier with commercial grade expandable and customizable kits... However I am not finding that now. Any suggestions would be appreciated. Thanks!
 
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