Do-it-yourself irrigation system

DIY irrigation system. Start with a specific project

With the approach of the summer season and the great heat, the period in which it is necessary to increase the care of your garden begins, especially as regards watering. This problem becomes more pronounced when we decide to leave for the holidays. Who will water our plants and our garden during our absence? The answer is simple. Our DIY irrigation system that we will have made by ourselves. Where to start though? First of all, let’s start by saying that if we talk about do-it-yourself irrigation for the garden, we immediately exclude the drip one, which is more suitable for watering a vegetable garden or small corners of the garden where there are many plants. The lawn, however, needs a wider and more uniform watering. That’s why we will opt for ado-it-yourself underground irrigation system that guarantees a drizzle of water.

The first thing to do to make a do-it-yourself irrigation systemis to take pen and paper and start a project. At this stage it is important to consider the size of your garden and above all to place all the pop-up sprinklers on paper so that at the time of operation they cover every corner of the garden so as to irrigate the entire surface evenly. The positioning of the sprinklers must consider two very important factors: the flow rate and the pressure of the water, which must be measured in advance. Only then can we start drawing the project starting from the sprinklers in the corners of the garden. With a compass we trace a radius, which represents the maximum revenue. Finally we position the sprinklers in such a way that they cover the entire surface.

DIY Irrigation System: Tracks and Sprinklers

A self-respecting garden irrigation system must be equipped with a good control unit that will allow you to automate everything when we are not at home. Thanks to the control unit you can, in fact, establish the exact time of the start of the watering and its duration. Saving of water, time and effort is guaranteed. The most delicate phase in the installation of a do-it-yourself irrigation system is undoubtedly the creation of the underground tracks that will house the polyethylene pipes, very easy to assemble and extremely versatile as regards the possibility of cutting and the execution of curves. The channels for the pipes must not exceed 30 cm in depth. If your lawn is still to be built, rest assured! If, on the other hand, you already have a turf then use a spade so as to precisely dissect the stretch of lawn that you are going to remove. You should be able to cut only the pieces you need so that you can temporarily put them aside and resow them when finished.

Do-it-yourself irrigation system: A state-of-the-art DIY irrigation system

Only after laying all the piping in the track you made, install all the sprinklers in the positions you have established in your project. They must be positioned in such a way as to emerge a few centimeters from the ground. For sprinklers you can choose between static ones, for small gardens and turbodynamic sprinklers, for larger areas. They both work the same way. The pressure exerted by the water when the system is activated causes the sprinkler tip to rise automatically. At the end of watering the head will return to its place, camouflaging itself in the lawn. One final tip. Before closing the removed earth and re-sowing the lawn, do a final test of your irrigation system in case there are any leaks or other problems.

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