How much water will I save with this type of irrigation?
If you are converting from traditional sprinkler irrigation to sub surface irrigation the water savings is 60% for standard turf grasses. If a drought-resistent turf grass such as Korapia is chosen, the water savings could be up to 90%.
Can I save my current lawn or do I need to get new sod?
Typically, your existing sod would be removed and replaced with new sod after the subsurface irrigation is installed. If your sod is in healthy condition and you would like to convert over to drip, we can meet that demand without removing you existing sod. Our specialty trenching machine will just trench in the required areas, then we will backfill and seed the fresh trench lines. After approximately 4-6 weeks, you won’t be able to tell any work was done.
How long will it take?
The average job can take 2-3 days. Day 1 is removal of existing sod, landscape or synthetic turf. Then we till and amend the soil. Finally, we trench for all new drip lines and backfill. We then charge the system and check for the proper wetting patterns. Day 2 includes laying new sod, cleanup and a final walkthrough and briefing about your system.
How do I know it’s really working?
Your system will show signs of proper irrigation when we check the wetting patterns prior to sod install. Any system defects will be caught right away. Once the sod is installed, you will always know if the water is on by your visual indicator located in the system. This indicator will rise up 6 inches from the force of your system water pressure. Normally, these units are hidden out of sight.
Why haven’t I heard about subsurface drip before?
Subsurface drip systems have been used for many years around the world. Australia, and many Middle East countries are the biggest users of this type of irrigation due to their harsh arid climates. When properly installed & maintained, your system will last many years. Some systems have been in operation for more than 20 years. The technology is finally gaining traction here in the states.
Won’t an underground irrigation system clog?
When properly maintained, there is little to no chance of clogging emmiters. The systems are filtered at the water source, which cleans 99% of the inlet water. All systems are equipped with flush valves that need to be opened once every 6-12 months for just 20 seconds while system is turned on. This annual flushing will clean out any extra debris that got past the filter. When these simple steps are taken, your subsurface drip system will be trouble free. .
How much will it cost?
The average cost is $6 dollars per square foot, which includes the following:
- Water source test, soil test, and complete system design
- Low flow valve or valves depending on zones
- Fertigation tank (we fertilize directly through the water lines now. No more run off with fertilizer. Good for you kids, pets and fish in the river).
- Ground prep (sod removal)
- Soil conditioning with amendments (tilling)
- Trenching and installing lines
- Installing new sod
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3845 El Centro RdPhone: (916) 524-2579
Sacramento, CA 95834
Sacramento, CA 95834
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