Irrigation Systems on the Mornington Peninsula
First and foremost, if you are lucky enough to live and work on the Mornington Peninsula like us at Ecostream. Good work! It is an amazing place to do life!
The peninsula offers its own unique set of challenges when it comes to the installation, scheduling and maintenance of irrigation systems.
The purpose of this article is to breakdown what we have come across in the areas of the Mornington Peninsula where we have installed and maintained irrigation systems.
So Suburb by suburb, here we go
When installing irrigation systems in Flinders and anywhere on the southern end of the peninsula in areas that are highly exposed, consider the wind factor, some areas of Flinders are extremely exposed by the wind that comes directly from bass straight, Considerations need to be made when using irrigation systems that are connected to local weather sources whose weather stations are not located in the location of the irrigation system. In this situation, an onsite weather station could be considered.
When installing an irrigation system in Mornington, Mount Martha or Mount Eliza you can find soils to vary immensely, Some areas off Racecourse road have hard clay, whereas in Mount Martha, down the bottom of the hill along Glen Isla drive, you could find a very sandy soil. This will affect the way you space dripper and the way you choose to use the cycle and soak function on the irrigation controller. Some areas of Mount Martha have very poor pressure so pressure boosting with a pump may be required.
If using bore water in Hastings or Bittern, make sure you get the water tested for salinity, some areas can have a high saline content and considerations need to be made about whether the use of the bore water is best for your garden. In some areas, salt-tolerant plants could be chosen if using bore water. If salinity is a problem it is best to engage a Horticulturalist and irrigation expert who can help with solutions.
When we install an irrigation system in Rosebud, Blairgowrie, Safety beach, Rye or Dromana it is important to consider what summers in these areas look like, Irrigation systems should be designed with late-night partying and damage from vehicles in mind. Family setting tents up on lawns and cars parking on nature strips should all be taken into consideration.
Irrigation systems in Sorrento and Portsea could greatly benefit from being connected to a controller that allows offsite access like a Hydrawise or Rainbird LNK as many of the homes in these areas spend most of their time empty. Remote access will allow monitoring of the system without anybody being home. The pressure in Portsea can be quite poor in some areas.
If we have missed your area on the Peninsula that is irrigation related, let us know!
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