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Hi Everyone,

I am thinking about installing an automatic irrigation system. I want to
install some pop up sprinklers for my already established front lawn and
fixed sprinklers for the garden beds.. How do I run the hosing under-ground
without damaging the lawn and the gardens?

BTW, I recently purchased the house. The gardens and lawn are about 3 months
old.

Kind Regards.



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peep wrote:

Hi Everyone,

I am thinking about installing an automatic irrigation system. I want to
install some pop up sprinklers for my already established front lawn and
fixed sprinklers for the garden beds.. How do I run the hosing under-ground
without damaging the lawn and the gardens?


Well, if you have oddles of money, you can hire those underground
borers.

Most people just dig a very narrow channel and drop the pipe in, say 12"
down. You can usually burrow under garden edging, etc.

If that is too much work, draw up your plans, locate water pipes and
hire a walk behind trencher (about $240/270 for 4/24 hours about 6 years
ago). In 24 hours you can dig an awful lot of trench.

It will take longer than 24 hours to lay the pipe (the fittings and
junctions take time.

It will probably take more than 24 hours to put the dirt back in. 72 +
hours if you decide to backfull with blue metal (spreads rain run off
around to trees, etc.

BTW, I recently purchased the house. The gardens and lawn are about 3 months
old.


It was far easier to do it then.

Brother-in-law and wife have just had an embankment terraced with
sandstone. Looks lovely, but for some silly reason they didn't lay the
watering pipes and lighting cables before the sandstone blocks went into
place.

--
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http://www.woa.com.au
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Try many of the hardware chains online websites for info.
Mitre 10 for one is here.
http://www.mitre10.com.au/mitre10/se...tering&btnSear
ch.x=17&btnSearch.y=8

Running hose under lawns and gardens is no trouble. Use a sharp shovel/spade
(what is the technical difference??) and cut a 4-6 inch deep v-shaped
trench.
Lay hose in trench, trim a little soil off bottom of removed "V" to prevent
squashing hose, and replace the removed soil into trench.
Give lawn a good water along trench.
Ater a day or two (or almost immediatly if grass is long) you will not see
where the hose was laid.
Ensure you make a sketch or plan of where the irrigation hose is laid to
prevent damage when digging in future.


Tony.









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Hi Everyone,

I am thinking about installing an automatic irrigation system. I want to
install some pop up sprinklers for my already established front lawn and
fixed sprinklers for the garden beds.. How do I run the hosing

under-ground
without damaging the lawn and the gardens?

BTW, I recently purchased the house. The gardens and lawn are about 3

months
old.

Kind Regards.




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Use a sharp shovel/spade (what is the technical difference??)

A shovel is used for 'shovelling' things, that is to move things from one
place to another (like soil or gravel) generally square mouth (the big wide
ones that are crap for moving gravel but good for soil).
A spade is used for digging holes or trenches.
Things get blurry when you have a 'round mouth shovel' as they are really
good for digging holes, and trenching shovels are really good for digging
errrm trenches.
So just do what I do, and that is get a round mouth shovel and use it for
everything.


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On Sun, 26 Jan 2003 11:17:20 -0800, "[email protected]" wrote:

Use a sharp shovel/spade (what is the technical difference??)


A shovel is used for 'shovelling' things, that is to move things from one
place to another (like soil or gravel) generally square mouth (the big wide
ones that are crap for moving gravel but good for soil).
A spade is used for digging holes or trenches.
Things get blurry when you have a 'round mouth shovel' as they are really
good for digging holes, and trenching shovels are really good for digging
errrm trenches.
So just do what I do, and that is get a round mouth shovel and use it for
everything.

Spades are generally narrower and have a lip that you can use to
stand/jump on to dig into the ground without slicing your shoe in
half.


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On Sun, 26 Jan 2003 10:13:51 +1100, "peep" [email protected] wrote:

Hi Everyone,

I am thinking about installing an automatic irrigation system. I want to
install some pop up sprinklers for my already established front lawn and
fixed sprinklers for the garden beds.. How do I run the hosing under-ground
without damaging the lawn and the gardens?

BTW, I recently purchased the house. The gardens and lawn are about 3 months
old.

Kind Regards.

I would recommend weeping soaker hoses for the garden bed. Got one
recently myself... they do a bloody fantastic job of watering the beds
efficiently!

Just lay it down on top of the soil and ideally cover with
mulch/chips/stones. You can use 13mm polypipe to connect the hose(s)
to the tap.
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I should clarify that the newly laid lawn and garden beds came with the
house. Otherwise I would have installed the system prior. But thanks for the
advice in any case.

"Terry Collins" wrote in message
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peep wrote:

Hi Everyone,

I am thinking about installing an automatic irrigation system. I want to
install some pop up sprinklers for my already established front lawn and
fixed sprinklers for the garden beds.. How do I run the hosing

under-ground
without damaging the lawn and the gardens?


Well, if you have oddles of money, you can hire those underground
borers.

Most people just dig a very narrow channel and drop the pipe in, say 12"
down. You can usually burrow under garden edging, etc.

If that is too much work, draw up your plans, locate water pipes and
hire a walk behind trencher (about $240/270 for 4/24 hours about 6 years
ago). In 24 hours you can dig an awful lot of trench.

It will take longer than 24 hours to lay the pipe (the fittings and
junctions take time.

It will probably take more than 24 hours to put the dirt back in. 72 +
hours if you decide to backfull with blue metal (spreads rain run off
around to trees, etc.

BTW, I recently purchased the house. The gardens and lawn are about 3

months
old.


It was far easier to do it then.

Brother-in-law and wife have just had an embankment terraced with
sandstone. Looks lovely, but for some silly reason they didn't lay the
watering pipes and lighting cables before the sandstone blocks went into
place.

--
Terry Collins {:-)}}} email: terryc at woa.com.au www:
http://www.woa.com.au
Wombat Outdoor Adventures Bicycles, Computers, GIS, Printing,
Publishing

"People without trees are like fish without clean water"



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The best thing you could do is visit an irrigation shop and have a chat to
them. Failing that put irrigation into a search engine such as Anzwers and
you'll get loads off information.

You will need to learn about friction, water pressure, hosing types such as
pvc, low, medium or high density requirements.

Go to your hardware store and pick up a plan for irrigation. Hardie Pope do
one from memory. It is easy to use pvc under ground but you need to make
sure you have pressure. You will need to dig trenches if you're doing it
yourself. Also try calling an irrigation installer for a quote & ask
questions. Best of luck. Heather.
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Hi Everyone,

I am thinking about installing an automatic irrigation system. I want to
install some pop up sprinklers for my already established front lawn and
fixed sprinklers for the garden beds.. How do I run the hosing

under-ground
without damaging the lawn and the gardens?

BTW, I recently purchased the house. The gardens and lawn are about 3

months
old.

Kind Regards.






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