Documenting the progress of our backyard orchard in Chandler, AZ (east valley of greater Phoenix area). I am Mark (starch on TFF and ourfigs). Use the navigation list to the right to get the details on what is growing in the yard (Mobile users: use drop down list below).
In 2016 I dug up my yard and installed a new drip irrigation system. My old system (before I got into fruit trees) was just two zones. And over the past few years as I started getting into fruit trees it became obvious that the original system was a) too small / undersized and b) inefficient. I was basically watering the entire yard based on the most water intensive trees requirements.
So I took advantage of my 6 zone controller and put in 6 zones. This was not an easy task because I already have a bunch of existing tree and I need to work / route around them. If I knew then what I know now I would have done this years ago when the yard was much more accessible.
But it all worked out. And labeling your lines as you go is definitely a worthwhile expenditure of effort!
All the photos below are of the line installations from ~Sep-Oct 2016:
Newly plumbed 6 zone manifold and valve system
Label your zones!!
Transition from front yard to back yard along side of house
In-line water filters! These go to my two subtropical zones. They are Chlorine and hard water filters
Backyard main trunk
Had to go around my Banana
Main trunk. Notice I added a manual shut off valve (left) to guarantee the banana does not get any winter watering
Terminal of main trunk off to the branches. It was a mess because I had the original plumbing that I wanted to work with (because some of it went where I wanted, but the rest of it didn't). So this was my tough joint :)
Deciduous and subtropical branches
Deciduous area. I have trees in the back you can't see (mulberries, apples, pluots, pomegranate). But I am adding some room up front for trees from the AZRFG bare root sale!