To greatly improve the looks of your home, you need a well-landscaped garden with healthy trees, green grass, and attractive flowers. Installing an irrigation system can be a better option, and an automatic sprinkler is suitable for maintaining your lush rear and front garden setting.
Due to variation in landscaping needs, manufacturers are opting for customized irrigation system for every customer. So, you and the manufacturer will discuss a design that suits you. Now you have received your sprinkler, how do you go about installing the entire system?
DIY Irrigation In 10 Steps
1. Excavate Trenches
First, identify the source of water and the pipe in which you will tap the water into. Mark the sites of the sprinklers and trenches. Using a trenching machine, dig the trenches of about 5 to 10 inches deep.
2. Connect Water Line
First, turn off the supply, and make a T fitting at the water line supply. Ensure the T fitting material is similar to the material of the water line supply. (Sometimes the line is copper, so should be soldered with a copper T).
3. Install Zone Valves
Ensure you follow the manufacturer’s instructions. The valve box should be inserted in a relatively deeper hole, about 8 to 12 inches in depth, at the end of a trench running from the main water line. Remember to attach the valve zone and manifold using strong glue.
4. Place Pipes in the Trenches
This should be according to the layout plan, ensuring the pipes lead to the valve box. At the branches where the sprinklers will be connected, join a T fitting and a flexible pipe leading to where the sprinkler will be attached.
5. Connect the Pipes to the Valve Box
PVC water pipes should be joined by right angled elbows and then turn on the water to get rid of the debris from the pipes. Use the manufacturer’s instruction booklet to ensure the connection has been made right.
6. Attach the Sprinklers
Attach the sprinklers at the ends of the flexible pipes branching from the main pipes. You can remove the caps and put the spray nozzle you wanted to be based on the irrigation plan.
7. Roll Out the System
Connect drip irrigation tubes to pressure reducer and the microfilter running from the recessed PVC pipes for the tree and flower gardens. Keep the containers near the tree or flower bases, and ensure they are kept apart by about 12 inches.
8. Position the Tubing
Mark the tubes with plastic stakes, and ensure the stakes are placed on either side to hold the tubes in place. Prevent water from coming out of the drip irrigation tubes by mulching the area using dead leaves of trees.
9. Mount the Timer on a Wall
It can be mounted on the house wall, and then attach wires from the zone valves to its terminals. Ensure you rely on the manufacturer’s instructions throughout the installation process. You can use an electrician to connect power to the timer, if you cannot handle it, that is.
10. Run a Test
This is to ensure every zone valve and the sprinkler is working properly. Adjust the nozzles for better spray.