1 Soaker Hoses for Trees & Foundations Patty Sipe Heads Up Sprinkler Company
2 U.S. Drought Monitor as of April 1, 2014
3 Lavon Lake Elevation as of April 7,
4 BY LAW: ONLY LICENSED IRRIGATORS AND HOMEOWNERS ARE ALLOWED TO WORK ON SPRINKLER SYSTEMS Irrigation is a Licensed Profession in Texas TCEQ -- Texas Commission of Environmental Quality Regulates Irrigation in Texas Administers Licensing and compliance Establishes & Maintains Texas Rules & Regulations for Irrigation Water Use Protection of Potable Water EPA Federal Environmental Protection Agency Establish, Maintain & Enforce Federal Regulations & Guidelines Water Sense Program Management (Partners & Products) Municipality Role Establish, Maintain & Enforce Local Code Development and Management of Water Conservation Programs
5 What is a soaker hoses? Perforated or permeable garden-type hose that is laid above ground and provides irrigation at a slow and constant rate.
6 Drip Irrigation vs. Soaker Hoses Pressure regulated Better precision More options for watering Easier to repair Low pressure Delivered directly to plant roots Less water loss due to evaporation Less expensive Easier to setup Different flow rates from start of hose to end of hose
7 What you will need
8 Keep it level. Tips for Success Space hoses inches apart. Hoses should be 1-2 inches away from the base of established plants. Closer for new plants. Turn the faucet on enough so the hose is seeping but not spraying. Cover with mulch to retain moisture and protect from sun damage. Disconnect in freezing temperatures. * Tips from the Saving Water Partnership document Soaker Hoses.
9 Soil Application Rates Clay soil holds water, but takes a while to soak in Mulch is key with drip irrigation or soaker hoses to hold moisture at plant roots
10 Soaker Hoses for Trees Place the soaker hose or drip irrigation tubing at the dripline around your trees, not at the trunk. Water until the area is saturated to a depth of 8 10 inches.
11 Proper Tree Mulching Keep mulch away from trunk Spread much to drip line of tree Maximum depth of 3 4 inches
12 Foundation watering? North Texas homes are mostly built on slab foundations that require the surrounding soil to remain at a constant moisture. Our land was once prairie and farmland, which can dry out or expand easily potentially leading to foundation problems. Differential movement of foundations is a common problem in this area. Most caused by differences in soils moisture. Clay soils in our area are highly expansive. Soil beneath part of the foundation becomes wetter or drier than the rest of the soil.
13 What causes moisture gain? Swelling potential of expansive soils is much greater than the shrinkage potential. A gain in soil moisture can be caused by:
14 What causes moisture loss? Settlement is usually greatest near the perimeter of the foundation where the soil dries most quickly. Soil may lose enough moisture during a drought to cause the foundation to settle. Trees and other large plants can cause moisture loss.
15 Foundation Care Basics 1. Correct Poor Drainage 2. Manage Foundation Soil Moisture Levels 3. Monitor Foundation Soil Levels
16 Step 1: Correct Poor Drainage Water running alongside a foundation during rains will run under the edge of the foundation and wash away soil supporting the foundation. Water allowed to stand beside a foundation, will flow below the foundation and dissolve the clay supporting the foundation. Good Drainage Practices: Roof runoff should be directed away from the house via gutters. Gutter downspouts should discharge at least 15 from the foundation. Drainage should slope away from the house approx. ¼" per foot. French Drains provide a path to remove unwanted water.
17 Step 2: Manage Foundation Soil Moisture Levels Use a moisture meter to monitor soil dampness levels. Supplement moisture levels with soaker hoses or drip irrigation. Place soaker hoses 6 18 inches from the foundation. Properly maintain soaker hoses and drip irrigation.
18 Step 3: Monitor Foundation Soil Levels Check the soil level around your foundation. Supplement level with soil in grassy areas and mulch in flower beds. Apply top soil or top dressing directly on top of grass, if using 4 or more, consider planting sod on top of soil.
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