Having a healthy garden requires constant watering, especially during the hottest summer months. Watering your garden with sprinklers can waste water and can make it hard to control where your sprinklers deliver water. A drip irrigation system makes the process of watering your garden easier and more efficient. Here are some benefits you will have from installing a drip system and tips to help you install your own.
Benefits of a Drip System
One of the best ways to save water and time when you water your garden is to install a drip irrigation system. A drip irrigation system uses 20 to 50 percent less water than a conventional pop-up sprinkler system and can save up to 30,000 gallons per year.
A drip system delivers water right to the root of your garden plants and does not water any empty areas in your garden that are void of plants. This utilizes your water more efficiently and does not water any weeds. Not watering your weeds can cut down on the amount of weeds that grow in your garden to save you on weeding time. The only way your weeds are going to get water is if they sprout next to a drip irrigation water source or if you have rainy weather.
Map Out and Install the Drip System
It is a good idea to first make a map of your garden and all the various plants, bushes, or trees that you need to water. Then, draw out how you will position your irrigation tubing, weeping tubing, and drip or spray emitters to make the most effective use of your tubing lengths.
Your drip irrigation system should consist of a main irrigation tube that is 1/2- or 1-inch wide that runs through your garden. You can position it down the length of your garden or wind it back and forth through your plants to deliver water to each of them. Then, clamp off the end of the main tubing to stop the flow of water. As you are building your system, make sure you use pieces from the same style of drip system because not all drip system parts are interchangeable.
Connect lengths of 1/4 inch tubing along the main irrigation tube to deliver water to each of your individual plants. Tubing connectors will connect the sections of tubing together and you can use a tubing punch tool to make appropriately-spaced holes along the tubing.
Place an emitter at the end of each smaller tube to water each plant. The emitters can either drip or spray water at the root of your plants. You can also attach a perforated 1/2- to 1/4-inch tubing that weeps water out onto the roots of multiple plants. Weeping tubing is also good to place along a row of closely-spaced garden vegetable plants, such corn, string beans, carrots, or beets.
Once you have set up and installed your irrigation tubing, use tubing stakes to secure the tubing onto the ground. This will protect your irrigation system from being dislodged and broken apart while you walk through your garden.
Install Irrigation Controls
After completing your drip system, connect it to your hose faucet. If you first connect a Y-valve onto your hose faucet, you can connect your drip system to one valve and use the second valve for other yard watering needs.
It is a good idea to attach a water timer controller onto the facet that leads to your drip irrigation system so you can pre-program your watering sessions. Then, if you want to make your drip irrigation system even more efficient, you can install a rain shutoff sensor for your irrigation system onto the side of your house. As the rain sensor detects a specific amount of rainfall, it will override your drip system from watering your garden that day. These controllers can be especially helpful when you will be away from home often for work or travel.
Go to sites like those for irrigation services to learn more about different watering systems you could benefit from implementing.Share
30 September 2015
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