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Fruit Tree Irrigation

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Brendang123 starts with ...
Hi everyone, hope all is well :) Just wondering on what irrigation I should have (drip/ micro spray/ soaker hose etc) for numerous fruit trees. I want to set up a automatic irrigation but am unsure due to having 15 trees (avocado / grape fruit/ fig/ cherry / pomegranate/ moringa/ pineapple/ pear/ almond). Any tips also, I do have ag line deep when I planted to I can soak the roots in summer (do this approx. 2 times a week)
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30th April 2019 1:44pm
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David01 says...
Hi Brendang123,

If you want to have one common auto irrigation system on different kind of fruit trees then it is very difficult if not possible, because of fruiting time schedule, the age of the tree and how often water needed for each tree, especially for Avocado. Cheers
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jakfruit etiquette says...
Following from David01, you may want to consider a system that you can change or upgrade the individual emitters, ie give each tree a low flow/low rate emitter then either add an extra low rate to the bigger trees, or change one emitter to a higher rate version for bigger trees.
For 15 trees you could put mini on off taps on sub lines or better even each emitter.
The main question is probably how much water you have available, ie tank, dam, mains, then how much you want to water each week.
Then you can think about the flow rate of the emmitters Litre/hour.
Sounds like you already have deep soakers, so drippers might do much the same ? just a smaller footprint
Micro sprays might be helpful to humidify the orchard for fruit and flower set, even frost control(unless they freeze)
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Brendang123 says...
Hi Jakfruit and David01, currently I look to get microsprinklers (Netafim supernet sprinkler-long range deflector head, stake and tube). I have my water from mains, but have a water pressure pump due to the low pressure when people are showering etc. I'm in NSW out west so the only issue is keeping it moist, I have put on 6inches of mulch along with ag line down to the bottom to flood during hot times (over 39 degree days) so they don't stress. I'm new to fruit trees been growing veggies for 4 years and so far are doing well in the ground, I bought as mature trees but obviously spring and summer will be a test. I know pomegranate and moringa doesn't need much water but I will put a inlet in on each tree so I can monitor to see if its getting to much water. Also, purchasing a moisture meter so I can get a better measurement when it comes to watering. Any feedback is greatly appreciate, my main line from pump will be 19mm then I may go off to 13mm but I don't see a point when I can go around my backyard at 19mm approx. 80m then attach the inlet then the micro sprinkler.
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Waterfall says...
We have over 50 fruit trees at our place and watering them became too much for me so I installed a drip system on everything except the larger stone fruit trees.

The system is pretty basic, everything is from Bunnings. We have it split between the front yard and back yard, so one tap timer for each yard.

The tap timer are just the ~$35 variety that run on a 9V battery, I am getting about 2 years from each battery. Then a large inline filter and 19mm poly tubing running out to the yards. From the 19mm I have attached loops of 6mm drip line for each fruit tree, the loop is about the same diameter as the tree width or branch spread. For potted trees I have connected some 4mm tube from the 19mm poly and used 1 or 2 2L/hr drippers in each pot. I have tried to use the drippers that you can adjust but always found them to either block up or not give consistent flow.

The main downside to this system is that when it rains you are wasting water unless you go out and adjust your timers and then remember to turn them back on when the rain stops. A friend of mine has a more complex and expensive system that connects to the BOM via wifi and looks at the weather forecast to adjust the amount of water it uses. It also has a rain sensor so it will not water if it has rained. For a system like this you have to install what is called a irrigation manifold.

Hope that helps.
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David01 says...
Hi Brendang123,

If you want a simple solution at minimum cost then install a basic common irrigation for all the fruit trees but any trees need extra water do it by hand. Cheers
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