Conserve Water with Drip Tape Irrigation
Articles Blog

Conserve Water with Drip Tape Irrigation

December 31, 2019


It’s August here in south Georgia and we want
to plant some peas — some fall peas. And the variety we’re going to plant is called
Summertime. We want to plant them now so they’ll have plenty of time to mature before our first
frost date which is normally about the 20th of November. So we’ve got plenty of time,
but we do need to get them in the dirt. Now one of the problems we have here this time
of year is that it is extremely dry. We don’t get very much rain in the fall. In fact, it’s
the time of the year that we get the least amount of rainfall. So what we want to do
is put drip tape down for our irrigation. Now drip tape is a wonderful thing. And we
put it a little different than other people do. We put it underneath the plant, we bury
it. And we’ll show you how to do that using the Wheel Hoe. It conserves a lot of water,
it puts the water right where the plants needs it underneath the roots, and you don’t put
it on that foliage where you can have some disease problems. So we’ll take the Wheel
Hoe, we’ll lay the rows off, put the drip tape down — show you how all that is done.
And we’ll come back with our stand-alone Seeder and plant the peas. We’ll take the Double
Wheel Hoe with the Plow Attachments here and the dig the furrow — what we call a furrow.
It’s actually a little trench. We’ll lay that drip tube in that. Now to install this drip
tape, you really need to use a Double Wheel Hoe with the Plow Attachments. You could use
the Single Wheel Hoe to bust out the furrow, but it’s impossible to cover it back up. So
we’ll use the Double Wheel Hoe for putting down all of our drip tape. We have them here
put together in the furrowing position. As soon as I bust it out, we’ll lay the drip
tape. We’ll turn these around in the hiller position, and what that does is that will
cover that drip tape back up. We use the small rolls of drip tape because it’s a lot easier
to handle. They make some great, big rolls but you just can’t handle them. You’d have
to have a tractor and a lift and all to handle them. I think there around 1,600 running feet
on this, so it’s plenty for a decent size garden. These emitters on this tape are 12
inches apart, which works out really good. You always have to lay the emitters up, so
keep that in mind. What I do is I’ll put like a big nail right here on the end, and I’ll
run it through there, and I’ll come back and cover it up with the Wheel Hoe. We’ve got
our plows turned around in the hiller position. We’re going to use that to cover the drip
tape. When we laid the drip tape down, we throwed a little dirt on there because sometimes
it has a tendency to twist. Again you want those emitters straight up. So we threw a
little turn on there to keep it tight. And I’ll show you how to take the Wheel Hoe and
cover up your drip tape. We’ve got our drip line laid and covered up. And we put our trunk
line and then hooked it up to the water hose. And I’ll explain to you how we do all of this.
It has little fittings here that you just hook into your trunk line. You come off the
trunk line there in the middle. We’ve got a pressure reducer. You’ve got to have a pressure
reducer and that’s a 10 pound pressure reducer. If you don’t it’s going to blow these fittings
and everything out. But these drip systems are designed to run off about 10 pounds of
pressure. Above that we’ve got a filter and then we’ve got our water hose fittings. Every
now and then we’ll come in there and clean out that filter. It’s a cartridge type filter,
it’s got a screen in there — real easy to clean out. So now we’ve got it all set up
— water hose fitting, filter, pressure reducer. We’re hooked up. We turned it on, we flushed
all the lines out. Then we plugged all the ends up. So now we’ve got it running. On these
drip lines, we’re going to plant with a planter today so we’re not concerned that much about
spacing because our Seeder is going to take care of the spacing. If we were going to transplant,
what I would do is I would let this drip tape run a little bit. And these emitters are on
12″ centers, so wherever I see the water start puddling up at, it automatically marks off
12″ for me. So it’s really easy to transplant on top of it there. But we’re going to use
our Seeder today to plant peas. Planting on top of the drip tube will work fine with our
stand-alone Seeder. It does not work fine with our Seeder Attachment because it has
a point on the shoe opener that opens the furrow. And that point will jab in and cause
little holes in that drip tape as you go along. Other seeders out there that use a shoe opener
— you will also have a lot of problems. It won’t work. It works great with this particular
one because the rolling coulters here have no point on it. And even if they do touch
the drip tape, they’re just going to roll right on top of it — they’re not going to
cause any damage to that drip tape. Well there you have it, we used our Wheel Hoe and our
Seeder to plant using drip tape. Drip tape is a great thing with the water situation
like it is. We are in a pretty severe drought in a lot of places and it helps to conserve
water. It helps put water right where you need it. So thanks for watching. Tell your
friends about us. Like our videos and comment, and we’ll try to answer your questions. Thanks
for watching.

Only registered users can comment.

  1. Do you use the machine two o'clock for seeding or what? Is it possible to know how much the price of the product?

  2. I am a fan of the Hoss line-up of garden equipment. Its a re-introduction of the quality tools that my grandaddy purchased. I recently ordered the dedicated garden seeder for my fall garden. I plan to order one of the the drip tape kits to be installed before next planting.

  3. I would love to get a roll of the drip tape for my raised bed and the other pieces that go with it. Since im doing a raised bed. Would the drip tape work better on top with square foot gardening that im gonna do?

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *