For many garden enthusiasts watering your garden everyday can take a lot of time. Depending on the size you very well could spend an hour or more watering. Lucky for you there is a solution. You can install what is called a garden drip irrigation system. What this is, is an automatic system set up to water your plants on a day to day basis. You can set this up on a time so that every day at the same time your plants get water for your specified amount of time. This minimizes water as it allows the water to seep down to the roots of the plant.
You can set up a garden drip irrigation for any size garden, but for our instructions below we will be focusing on something you may have in your backyard. We would also like to note that if you do not want to do it all yourself, all the measuring and cutting of materials, there are many places that offer kits all ready to go. You just need to know how big your garden is and the distance between each plant. You will spend approximately $50-$200 for a kit. And if your garden grows you can always add to it.
So listed below will be the materials and tools you will need for the job. It may take up to 4-8 hours depending on your experience and the size of your yard.
- Electrical Cutters
- Duct Tape
- Measuring Tape
Materials Needed for Garden Drip Irrigation
- Rubber hose ¼” (pvc or plastic works as well)
- One emitter per plant(2 for tomatoes)(these are the little sprinklers)
- Y adapter for outside water faucet (to have one line run the garden and the other for misc watering)
- back check valve for faucet(to keep water from running into your house)
- Hose filter(keep rust out)
- Timer(to control when the water runs)
Instructions for Building Garden Irrigation
- Draw a plan outlining your garden and the distance between each plant. You will also need to know the distance between the main line and plant if some are further away.
- Pre cut all of your lines to length. It never hurts to cut these about an inch longer than you think you will need. You can always cut it shorter later.
- It is a good idea to lay the parts on the ground where it is going to go before you start to assemble it.
- You will want to hook up your parts in this order from the house. “Y” fitting, Timer, Back Check Valve, Hose Adapter, ¼” hose, Hose Adapter, 1/8” hose, emitters
This is a pretty simple picture display where everything will go. Once everything is hooked up you can then turn it on and test for leaks. Most leaks can be fixed with duct tape if needed. You can also set the timer up and make sure that works. It should also be noted that you can put a filter on there somewhere if you would like. This can protect against rust as well as any blockage that rust may create in the lines. Be sure not to forget about the back check valve as the pressure from the lines can build up and run back into your home.
As you can see this is really a simple task. More or less time consuming depending on how many plants you have and the size of your garden. This can be accomplished for just about anything needing water around your home and will definitely save you some time and money on your water bill. Not to mention that it will give you peace of mind as well.