How to Install a Drip Irrigation System

Overview

Drip irrigation is a way of transporting water throughout your garden through the use of a hose with holes in it. As the water runs along the hose, small drops of water escape, watering the garden in key locations. Irrigation systems have many benefits, including conservation of water, and cuts down on weed production by only watering the necessary areas of a garden. Installing a drip system requires time, effort and some good tubing.

Installation

Step 1

Draw a diagram of your garden, including the layout of the plants you plan to water. Sketch the tubing you will install.

Step 2

Make a measurement from your outside water spout to the garden, and the areas you will need to irrigate to get a rough idea of how much drip line you will require. Drip line comes in large rolls, so you need a general idea of how much you need.

Step 3

Screw your anti-siphon filter and the pressure regulator to the outside hose attachment (hose bib).

Step 4

Lay the tubing out in the desired positioning, from the hose bib out into your garden. The tubing with the drip holes should be placed in the garden bed where the plants need to be watered. Use plastic ground stakes to hold the tubing in place.

Step 5

Cut the tubing wherever there is a turn in the garden and connect the pieces together using elbow connectors.

Step 6

Cut the tube at the end of the garden and leave it open so that you can flush out the system later.

Step 7

Poke a hole in the 1/2-inch tubing and put in a tee connector wherever you have a plant. Insert the 1/4-inch tubing into the tee connector and wrap loops of the 1/4-inch tubing around any plants or shrubs.

Step 8

Turn on the water for a minute to flush out your system, then close off the system by sliding the 1/2-inch end clamp onto the tubing. Test your system.

Things You'll Need

  • Measuring tape
  • Filter
  • Water pressure reducer
  • Anti-siphon device
  • Emitters
  • 1/2-inch flexible polyethylene tubing
  • 1/4-inch drip line tubing
  • Connecting elbows
  • Tee connector
  • Plastic stakes
  • 1/2" plastic hose clamp

References

  • Irrigation Tutorials: Installation
  • This Old House: How to Install Drip Irrigation
  • Earth Easy: Drip Irrigation
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