Jan 13, 2017 7:31 pm
I have recently put down 350m of eureka kikuyu turf (wanted zoysia but for a lot of different reasons it couldn't happen)
It has rooted well and I can't pull it up also has had a few mows.
I'm just wandering where I should be aiming with my watering schedule.
Currently I run everyday at 4am for 20mins on my main section and 35mins out front where there's a bit less coverage. We're currently having a bit of a heat wave so have them on for three 5 minute sessions through he afternoon.
I want to start cutting back the water once it drops below 40 again but am wandering if I'm even in the ball park with my times. Should I be thinking hours or minutes etc.
Thanks in advance
Re: Mp rotator run times2
Jan 24, 2017 1:16 pm
The MP Rotators are precipitation matched so all sprinkler heads will maintain the same precipitation rate on their area of coverage regardless of throw and angle adjustment, but the actual precipitation rate experienced by the lawn will vary depending on how many sprinklers are covering any one area.
I would look for the position on the lawn that has the poorest coverage - typically along the edge, where you may have coverage from only two sprinklers (in the middle you may have coverage from four or more due to pattern overlap). Take a shallow flat container with vertical sides and mark a height 10mm above the base, then place it where you think sprinkler coverage is worst.
Run the irrigation system and time how long it takes for the container to fill up to 10mm depth. That will be your basic runtime. MP Rotators are a low precipitation rate sprinkler so you could well be looking at 45m runtime to get 10mm.
Once you know that runtime, you should be looking to irrigate with 10mm of water on something like the following schedule:
http://www.lovegroveturf.com/instant-tu ... -grass.htm
Re: Mp rotator run times3
Mar 09, 2017 1:57 am
Look at using a Hunter Hydrawise controller. It's features help with running MP's. I'm big on these for good reason.
Good advice above.
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