Irrigation is not the best way to grow fruit, but it’s still necessary for long-lived trees. And while there are plenty of different ways to implement watering, and we’ve told you all about the low-tech methods and some of the most valuable and widespread methods, there are just as many different watering methods for the higher-tech version, and many of them don’t work very well.
In fact, most watering companies do watering that they’ve had to develop over time in response to pressure from growers and the public. The watering systems and parts used today aren’t simply better; they’re also much more expensive. If you’re still working with an older watering system, chances are your tree needs new Irrigation.
Irrigation with a drip-style system is based on either a tubing system or a fixed pipe-relief system that makes watering trees more of a procedure than a method. You’re simply standing there with your hose and opening it whenever you need to water, regardless of whether you need to use your watering system.
(If you have an automatic irrigation system, you’re doing more than washing your car in the driveway; you’re washing your tree, too!) You can use a standard hose or a threaded flow regulator, and to adjust it, you turn a dial or a knob, not push a button. And it has to be re-openable; to make a hole in a tree, you have to spray it all over again. As your trees grow and get older, you have to adjust the flow rate or the sprinkling method, depending on how tall your tree is.
Irrigation Systems and Parts
You may be able to buy an Irrigation system from a tree nursery for less than $100; if you’re doing that, you’ll probably use it once or twice, and then you’ll be done with it. For less than $500, you can buy a high-end system that’s easy to use and offers all of the flexibility you might want.
However, the new high-end systems aren’t cheap; you can spend thousands of dollars on one of them, depending on how much you want to invest. If you’re going to spend that kind of money, you should really use it. But if you want a decent watering system that can get you through the next couple of years, you can save yourself hundreds of dollars and use the money for new pears and almonds instead. It’s a good investment, but it’s not really worth doing unless you’re willing to give up some of your good trees to give your irrigated ones time to grow.
The lower-priced systems are just that; they’re lower-priced. To make a good watering system, you have to spend lots of time learning how to use it. Some companies do have more comprehensive training programs, but it’s not easy. (People who haven’t yet worked with watering might need even more training to make it work, especially if they want to put it in the ground as soon as they finish learning about it.)
It’s not just the mechanics of the Irrigation system; it’s also the tasks that you’re supposed to be doing to ensure that you do it properly. You’ll have to irrigate a tree frequently enough that it can absorb water.
You’ll need to cut back the turf that surrounds the tree; you’ll have to cut back some of the trees surrounding the established trees, as well. And then you’ll need to irrigate some of those areas once a month or more to keep them green. It’s not something you want to do only once in a while; you want to do it regularly.
You want to keep the sprinkler systems and sprinkler heads clean, and you’ll need to pull off old hoses and clean out old sprinkler heads. (This is the same process that you’d use to clean the mud off the soil from an Irrigation truck.) You’ll also need to put in new sprinkler heads in the spring or the springtime when you’re doing the heavy-duty watering. And you’ll need to call a tree trimmer when you’re moving trees to make sure that they don’t get knocked over.
Then, when you’re doing the Irrigation system’s tasks, you’ll have to shut off the watering system for a few days at a time or a few hours at a time. This means changing the valves on the watering system (wherever you installed the valves) and re-starting the system. You’ll also have to turn it off if the trees are being fertilized because you’ll have to water those plants back with water.
And it’s more than just water; you’ll also have to irrigate the roots of the trees, at least until the roots get a chance to build up their reserves of water. If you don’t irritate the roots, you’re risking a lot of water in the soil and a lot of flooding. It’s definitely worth taking a few hours to do this.
The only thing that you’ll have to do more often than water is trim branches touching the tree’s trunk. You’ll have to trim branches down to 1/4 of an inch, as well as those branches that touch the trunk or that extend out into the Irrigation lines.
C will also use your trimmer for trimming dead branches and keeping the tree healthy. If you haven’t managed to trim branches off of your trees in the past, you’ll need to make an appointment with a tree service that is well-versed in watering, and it might even pay you to take care of this for you.
Irrigating trees is an important thing to do because you can improve the quality of the Irrigation system, improve the efficiency, and potentially cut down on some of the fuel you have to buy during the winter. When you have to take off all the wires from the watering system, it’s a waste of energy that c could improve the system.
Even if you have a high-quality Irrigation system, and you’re getting good water flow through it, you could still cut down on a lot of fuel you need to buy for winter; you’ll have a cleaner, more efficient Irrigation system.
You also don’t have to worry about cutting down any trees during the summer when you irrigate trees because you won’t have any branches and tree trunks touching any of the trees you’re irrigating. If you do have branches and tree trunks touching trees that you’re watering, you’ll want to either get them cut down or move the trees. The only time you might want to trim branches and tree trunks that are touching trees that you’re irritating is when you’re doing a drip watering system.
Most watering systems use a straightforward gravity system, so you don’t have to get rid of branches and trees that touch the water. You have to arrange it so that they’re placed so that the water that falls onto the tree is falling into the right place, rather than draining off into the soil and getting absorbed by the roots.
It’s good to keep in mind that tree trunks and branches don’t necessarily need to touch the watering systems to be watered. Still, you’ll want to keep them out of a direct line of water, and you’ll also want to keep them away from areas that the watering system will be working so that you don’t have any obstacles.
If you have a high-quality watering system and use much irrigating water on trees, you might need to irrigate more trees than you expect. If you’re expecting that a tree or two will be watered every day, or if you expect to irrigate a couple of trees every couple of days, that’s probably too much.
When you irrigate more trees than you expect, you’ll have to make up for that by turning off the watering system, doing other things (such as watering the roots of trees that you’re keeping), or even having to buy more watering water.
You’ll also have to trim branches that are touching the trunk of the tree so that the branches don’t end up becoming wrapped around and impeding the flow of water through the watering lines, which could cause the watering water to be cut off, so if you don’t get that branch off of the trunk, you might have to trim down more branches. You’ll definitely need to be aware of all of these things.
When you’re not using the watering system, you can also take the opportunity to give your watering lines a clean-out by replacing any rubber on the bottom that is worn away.
If you think that your Irrigation system is getting a little out of balance, or you think you’re not using all of the water that it has available, you might want to get a watering inspection done so that you know whether you have a good watering system or not. If you find that you’re doing something that’s going to ruin your watering system, then you’ll need to fix it so that you can make sure that your watering system lasts a long time.
To make sure that you’re irrigating trees properly, you’ll need to be careful about where you irrigate trees. You want to be sure that you’re irrigating trees in the right place. When you’re irrigating a tree, the Irrigation lines that are coming into the trees should be directing the water to the trunk, not the