DIY garden watering

Starting with a good project is the first thing

The first thing to do when you want to create a do-it-yourself irrigation system is to create a well-prepared project that optimally contemplates the arrangement of the sprinklers and pipes that will have to pass under the turf. What we recommend is to put your project on paper so as to always keep the measurements under control. The choice of the type of sprinklers to place on the ground is perhaps the most important decision. If your garden is small then go for short range sprinklers. Then, place them on paper starting from the four corners of your garden and use a compass to trace the distance that the sprinkler jet can reach. Obviously it will be necessary to place a few more to cover the spaces that will remain empty.

Know how much water you need and install the control unit

One of the most important advantages offered by the creation of a do-it-yourself garden irrigation system is certainly the possibility of wasting very little water. This is possible through an easy measurement of the pressure and therefore of the flow rate of the tap to which our system will be connected. The pressure can be measured with a manometer while the flow rate with a simple bucket and with a timer. Knowing these data it will be possible to establish how long we will have to keep our DIY garden irrigation system on to water our lawn at the right point. The automation of the system is guaranteed by a control unit that can be set in such a way as to be activated at a set time. In this way you can go on vacation without worries.

Bury the tracks for our DIY sprinkler system

The most complex phase is certainly this. Create the tracks on the ground that will then go to house our irrigation system. The traces must first be drawn on the ground, starting from the position of the sprinklers and obviously they must be marked with a rope or lime powder. Then with a spade we can remove small portions of soil sufficient for the pipes to enter. The depth of the trace should be about 30 cm. Finally, we can lay the polyethylene pipes inside the path created and position the pop-up sprinklers, which will automatically rise when the water flow begins.

DIY Garden Watering: Final Thoughts on Your Garden Watering System

Before closing the tracks, where you have laid the pipes, make sure that the whole system is working properly. Now your system is really ready and you just have to try it. All this can be achieved with a very small budget, perhaps by purchasing the complete kit with hoses, sprinklers and control unit online. For those looking for the top in everything, we recommend purchasing an automatic locking device in case of rain. It works through a sensor made with a material that absorbs water. As soon as it gets a little wet, it switches on and blocks the system. The system can be connected directly with the control unit. After all, isn’t saving water the most important function of a garden irrigation system?

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