Installing A Drip Irrigation System For Your Garden

28 March 2016
 Categories: Home & Garden, Blog

If you have a garden, keeping your plants watered properly can be a challenge. With a drip irrigation system, you can easily and effectively keep your garden looking healthy and vibrant all season long. Here is how to install a drip irrigation system in your garden to help improve the watering process with minimal effort on your part once it's installed.

Plan it out and get the right tubing

Before you run the tubing, plan out your garden on a piece of paper and indicate where each type of plant will be placed. Drawing everything out will help you get a better idea of how you want to run the tubing for your particular garden's layout.

In order to correctly irrigate the garden, you will need to use drip tubing. This tubing consists of thin hoses with little plastic pieces called emitters that help the water drip out at a steady pace. The tubes will run throughout your garden in order to help distribute water to the soil right at the roots. Look for tubing that has holes already punched and the plastic emitters located every few feet.

Secure the tubing

In order to keep the tubing you've run level and secured, use plastic ground stakes to keep it secured to the ground. Space them out every few feet to ensure that the tubing stays secure and level. If you're irrigating trees, run the tubing around the trunk of the tree so that all sides will get water. You may have to pierce extra holes in the tubing to be sure that water is coming out of all sides. Once everything is in place, run the water gently to flush out any dirt that is inside of the tubing. Then, crimp off the end of the tube using a small crimper. This will prevent the excess water from running out of the end and keep it flowing out of the emitters in your tubes. Cover all tubing with an inch or two of mulch to hide it and help prevent the water from evaporating before it reaches your plants.

Connect the water

In order for the irrigation system to work correctly, you'll need to attach your tubing to an outdoor faucet. Use a pressure regulator so you can prevent dirty hose water from getting back into the water supply line. A filter can also be attached to ensure the water flowing is clean and free of debris or contaminants. Connect the filter to the end of the tubing and then tightly screw it onto the outdoor faucet. Once the water supply is connected, you can begin running the tubing throughout your garden according to the plans you've drafted. Make sure that the water is coming out of the tubing near the edges of your plant beds and not directly onto them. This will allow the water to naturally flow towards your plants rather than directly soaking them, providing them with a natural and slow watering process.

Drip irrigation is an easy and effective way to ensure that your garden is getting the water it needs to stay healthy. Talk to an irrigation system installation service for more information.