How to Plan Drip Irrigation


Drip irrigation is a way of installing a watering system in the yard that saves on water consumption. Drip irrigation is implanted into the soil, allowing water to drip down to the roots of the plant. This saves water loss by cutting out plants at the surface, as well as thick soil layers and evaporation. Drip irrigation requires the installation of valves, pipes and tubing to carry the water emitters, to water the lawn. When starting an irrigation system for the first time, plan a small section of plants to water until you have the technique down.

Planning Your System

Step 1

Draw an outline of the area of garden that you wish to irrigate and include in your drawing the location of outside faucets, driveways and any other plants that may get in the way of your system.

Step 2

Determine what plants you are watering and how much water each plant will need to stay healthy. Draw each plant onto your rough sketch and color code them according to how much water they need.

Step 3

Plan the route from your faucet to the garden by drawing the location onto your sketch of the 1/2-inch mainline. Run the mainline in your sketch around any pavement areas by adding T-connectors to your sketch.

Step 4

Add the secondary 1/4-inch lines from your main line so that every plant in your designated area is served by an emitter in your drawing.

Things You'll Need

  • Pencil
  • Paper
  • Measuring tape


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