Install Drip Irrigation System for your Garden — Installing a drip irrigation system in your garden is easy to do. This is a project you can do by yourself in under a day. In addition, it should cost no more than $150 dollars.
The initial investment pays off in water saved, not having to worry about drought damaging your plants, and in your time spent watering the garden. In addition, it is much more efficient to water at the root then to spray water at the top of the plants.
You do not need advanced knowledge of plumbing or plumbing systems in order to install a drip irrigation system.
Drip Irrigation System for Healthy Plants and Saving Water
- Drip tape
- Hose adapters
- Main end clamps
- Pressure regulator
- Screen filter
- Backflow preventer
- Hose end clamps
- Pocket knife
Step 1. Planning the Layout
The first thing you will need to do is locate your outdoor plumbing source and plan how you will connect this source to a hose that can serve as the initial connector for the drip tape system.
Once that is located, draw a sketch of your garden and decide what level the water flow should be for different types of plants. Plants all require different amounts of water for optimal growth.
This will influence how much drip tape is laid out and where the markings will be made in the drip tape. This will also tell you how much drip tape you need to purchase.
Step 2. Connect the Hose to the Water Spicket
Make sure that the plumbing to the outside works. The first piece you want to connect to the spicket is the backflow preventer. Then connect a hose to the water spicket. Connect the other side of this hose to the main irrigation line.
Attach a flow regulator in between the hose and the black tube. This line is a long black tube that is normally two inches in diameter. Run this line for as long as you need it, cut it with the pocketknife and use the main end clamps to tie off the line.
Step 3. Adding a Branching Connector (Emitter)
To divert water away from the main line, you need to add in branching connectors that will allow the water to flow out of the main tube and into the rows where the garden is located.
These branching connectors are known as emitters. You will use the knife to create a hole in the main tubing and attach as many emitters as necessary. Make sure that the emitter is designed for drip tape.
Step 4. Connect the Drip Tape to the Branching Emitters
The drip tape needs to be attached to all of the branching emitters. To do this, secure the drip tape around one side of the emitter. The drip tape has holes already cut. When you have laid out the drip tape and it stretches the span of your desired space, tie off the end.
Step 5. Repair Possible Holes with a Connector
It is possible that over time you will get holes in the drip tape. You have two options to fix them. First, you can cut the drip tape where it has the hole and reattach the drip tape together using a connector. Second, you can replace the entire line of drip tape.
Step 6. Turn the Water On and Decide Which Rows to Run Water Down
If you have flow regulators at all of the emitters, you can choose to only run water down certain rows. This allows for customization of the gardening. If not, you can control the water flow at the hose connection.
It is important to note that if you have a water filter and softener attached to your water system, this should be turned off when you are watering your plants.
After reading this tutorial on How to Lay and Install Drip Irrigation System for your Garden, you should have a basic understanding of the materials needed and steps taken to install a drip tape system for healthier plants and water conservation.
Leo is a plumber at Northridge-based plumbing company Rooters On Time. On his free time, he enjoys writing tutorials and how-to guides about plumbing to help others.