How to Install Your Own Irrigation System

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If you're looking for an easy way to keep your plants or vegetables watered this summer, you may want to consider creating your own irrigation system. It's not as hard as it sounds, especially if you follow this simple, step-by-step guide. It should take no longer than a few hours to install and is very affordable, cheaper than many hose pipes/sprinklers and a lot easier to manage in the long run (and better for the plants). Lots of the equipment you need can be picked up from retailers like Tesco or your local DIY store. Once you're up and running, you can program a regular schedule including start time and watering duration - perfect if you're going on holiday. This efficient system uses much less water, reduces the growth of weeds and improves overall plant health.

Step 1: Make a plan

Begin by making a rough sketch of your garden and measuring the area to be covered. Don't worry, this doesn't need to be perfect. It's just to give you an idea of the tubing route and the amount of hose pipe you'll need. For this guide we'll focus on a one-zone system, meaning all the flowers or vegetables will receive the same irrigation. You can always add to the system in the future.

Step 2: Connect to the outdoor faucet

Using an outdoor faucet is the easiest way to install a drip irrigation system. You will have to purchase a Hose Bib Drip Connection Kit which can be found at garden centers, DIY stores and plumbing suppliers. This kit should include a timer which will allow you to schedule and choose watering duration.

Attach this kit to your outside faucet and add ½ inch poly tubing to the swivel adapter.

Step 3: Lay the tubing

Once you've attached your drip irrigation kit, you can roll out the ½ inch hose pipe according to the plan you made earlier. Leaving the tube in the sun before doing this will make it more flexible and easier to work with. Once you are happy with the overall layout and your pipe is the correct length, use pipe cutters to make a clean cut.

Step 4: Install the emitters

Pierce holes within the ½ inch hose in each area that you want to have a watering device. Now, insert your choice of emitter with a barbed connector, a short length of tubing and plastic stake. You can purchase sprinklers or sprayers in assembled kits containing these items. Finally, use a half inch tubing stake to secure the pipe to the ground.

Step 5: Begin watering

Make sure to flush the line of all debris and then install a ½ inch hose end to the stop the flow at the end of the tube. You can now turn on the water and see how you new irrigation system works. It is advised that you let the water run for an hour. Then have a good check of all the emitters and make sure your chosen areas are fully saturated. You can then program a schedule, and add or relocate watering devices as needed.

After following this simple guide you should be all ready to set up your own irrigation system, guaranteed to keep your flower beds looking fresh this summer, so good luck and happy gardening!

Images by Jessica Reeder used under the Creative Commons License.

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