Magazine article Sunset

May Your Mountain Guide

Magazine article Sunset

May Your Mountain Guide

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TECHNIQUE

CHECK DRIP SYSTEMS

Make sure they're working properly and not wasting water.

1 | Remove caps from the main lines and flush lines.

2 | Replace caps, turn on the water, and repair or replace any leaky tubing.

3 | Flush sediment from filters and clean algae from screens.

4 | Replace any emitters that are dogged. You may also need to add emitters if plants have grown significantly since the system was installed. Find supplies at your local nursery or home improvement center, or order from the Urban Farmer Store (urban/armerstore.com).

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