In previous years, we used spray stakes to irrigate our outdoor plants, but even at 2 per plant they only wet a limited area, leaving much of the bed dry in Oregon’s arid summer climate.
This year, I’m trying to wet as much of the area as possible, to keep the bacteria and fungi alive throughout instead of confining them to little oases - without splashing water more than about 14" above the ground. Yeah, that’s the tough part
I’m experimenting with shrubblers, micro sprinklers, drip tape, and soaker hoses, but haven’t found the perfect balance between cost and usability.
Drip tape is by far the cheapest to buy, but the labor costs and delay involved in laying 3.4 miles of the stuff to get proper coverage isn’t appealing, and I don’t know if there’s a venue for recycling it in my area.
Micro sprinklers and shrubblers are great and keep the water low, but they’re expensive and workers moving through the canopy can easily kick them loose without noticing.
Soaker hoses are really expensive for this application and also create a lot of plastic waste.
I’m leaning toward shrubblers at the moment, and I want those plants in the ground YESTERDAY…anyone have a good low-profile wide-coverage irrigation solution?