Drip Irrigation From A Surface Well

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This article appeared on The Charleston Rose, the monthly newsletter of the Charleston Lowcountry Rose Society, Jan-Feb. 2013 issue, Editor – Rosalinda Morgan, contributed by William Prioleau, M.D.

Now, that it is getting chilly, it is time to tune up irrigation systems so that it will not be necessary to go out to water roses in the heat of the summer.

A farmer friend asked me to send him an account of how we irrigated. Here is what I am sending him.

A drip irrigation system from surface well, evolved over the years in our yard, is dependable, economical, and requires little maintenance.

Equipment

A one quarter or one half horsepower pump is adequate for gardens with 100 roses. The following irrigation equipment is available at ACE hardware stores: garden hose, water timer, filter, Y hose connector, adapter from the filter to one-half inch tubing, a roll of one half-inch tubing, a punch, a roll of one-quarter inch tubing, and an end plug.

Irrigation emitters that operate in the presence of sediment permit passage of four gallons of water an hour, have a plug that can be twisted or removed, and have a locking mechanism that keeps the plug securely in place. Such emitters are available from Peaceful Valley Farm and Garden Supply (GrowOrganic.com).

Assembly

A Y hose connector is attached to a pump. A garden hose is attached to each end of the Y. One hose goes to the filter and the roses. The other hose serves as a runoff for the pump. The flow in the runoff hose is adjusted so that the pump runs smoothly when the system is operating. Smooth running of the pump prevents wearing out of the check valve which occurs if a pump is allowed to turn on and off rapidly.

An emitter is placed in the irrigation line near the base of each plant. To each emitter is attached a length of one-fourth inch tubing the end of which is supported above the mulch so as to make flow of water visible.

A plug at the end of the irrigation line is left partially open so as avoid accumulation of sediment. If the plug is closed completely, small particles of sediment that pass through the filter will build up and close off the last two or three emitters in the line.

At 65 pounds per square inch a hose has enough pressure to eject small particles of sediment from twelve filters in a line. If one exceeds a ratio of one hose to twelve emitters, pressure may be insufficient to eject sediment from emitters when irrigation is initiated. With more than a dozen emitters, additional hoses with filters need to be added at points along the line to make a system dependable. If one adds too many emitters to a line, twisting of emitter plugs becomes necessary to initiate flow.

Maintenance

When a pump that has been running smoothly starts to go on and off, sediment has likely accumulated in the filters, and the filters need emptying. Batteries in present day timers need to be changed once a year. Other than that, little else is needed for a dependable watering system.

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Charleston Lowcountry Rose Society April 2017 Meeting

The Charleston Lowcountry Rose Society will hold their April meeting on Sunday, April 2 at James Island Town Hall, 1238-B Camp Rd., James Island, SC 29412. Social Time begins at 2:30. Meeting and Program follow thereafter at 3 PM. Admission is FREE. Consulting Rosarians will be available to answer all rose questions so please bring them in.

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Our speakers for the April meeting are Kathy Woolsey and Dr. William Prioleau. Kathy Woolsey is a former Vice President of the Charleston Lowcountry Rose Society and will talk about Preparing your Roses for the Rose Show. Dr. William Prioleau, an American Rose Society Consulting Rosarian, is the CLRS Treasurer and an amateur Photographer will talk about Tips on Photographing your Roses for the Rose Photography Contest at the Rose Show.

The Charleston Lowcountry Rose Society’s Annual Rose Show will be held at St. James Town Hall, 1238-B Camp Rd., James Island on May 6 and is open to the public. You do not have to be a member of CLRS to show your roses. However, to enter the Photography Contest Section of the Rose Show, you have to be a paid member of the Charleston Lowcountry Rose Society.

 

 

Charleston Lowcountry Rose Society March 2017 Meeting

The Charleston Lowcountry Rose Society will hold their March meeting on Sunday, March 5 at James Island Town Hall, 1238-B Camp Rd., James Island, SC 29412. Social Time begins at 2:30. Meeting and Program follow thereafter at 3 PM. Admission is FREE. Consulting Rosarians will be available to answer all rose questions so please bring them in.

Our speaker for the March meeting is Don Myers who will talk about the future of the American Rose Society and our hobby and connect it to having a Rose Show as they are related.
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Don Myers has had a long love affair with roses starting as a teenager in New Jersey in the 1960’s. His current rose garden has about 500 plants including 300 mini and minifloras. Don holds a PhD in plant pathology from Cornell University and retired last May from Bayer CropScience after 31years of service developing new products for weed, disease, and insect control for the chemical industry. In the American Rose Society, he is currently District Director for the Carolina District and is national chairman of consulting rosarians. Don was responsible for developing the Master rosarian CR program. He and his wife Mary routinely exhibit in local, district, and national rose shows and are ARS horticulture judges. Don is also a CR, Master Rosarian, and an arrangement judge. Don has given numerous presentations on a variety of subjects involving roses. He is currently in the process of visiting every society in the Carolina district to determine their needs and interests. He and Mary live in Wake Forest NC with their toy poodles, Cosmo (Topper) and Bobby (Starlight).