How To Design a Trickle Irrigation System

Many find it hassle to go around everyday in the garden or lawn just to water the plants. Others find an easier way to make sure that the plants are well watered while at the same time lessening the hassle of doing it everyday, by setting up their own trickle irrigation system that will be responsible for watering the plants everyday. This is especially good for those who have big lawns or gardens such that going through them everyday for watering brings a lot of hassles. This irrigation system does not cost that much, especially if you will be the own to design it. Here is own to do it.

  1. Prepare the sketch. Before starting any irrigation system, it is best to always begin with a plan. Start the plan of your irrigation system by making a sketch. Through a handy notebook or a paper in a clipboard, walk around as you do the sketch and annotations.
  2. Determine the length of hose you will need. After doing the plan, determine now the length of the hose the irrigation system will need. Do this by again walking around the path of the trickle irrigation system while laying down strings to where the hose will run. Make sure that hose will run along the roots of the plants to be watered.
  3. Prepare the emitters. Now that you have the path of the hose, prepare now the emitters by placing marks on the string you just laid. Make sure that the emitters of the trickle irrigation system will run near the roots of the pants to be watered. Once the marks are in place, count and note them.
  4. Determine the “V” connectors you will need for the entire trickle irrigation system. The V connectors will be used to connect hoses running in another direction. There would not be a problem if your pattern were a straight line since the hose will be connected to another hose.
  5. Determine the number of end caps you will need in the entire trickle irrigation system. Remember that a trickle irrigation system works through water pressure. Therefore you need to place an end cap in every end of the hose. There are hoses that already provide an end cap. Otherwise, you will need to count all ends and purchase the end caps yourself.
  6. Determine the total length of the hose. Once everything is already set, it is now time that you determine the total length of hose. Do this by stretching the string you laid down. Remember to place notes and marks on your string while at the same time placing markings on your sketch.
  7. Prepare a cover for your irrigation system. Do not leave your irrigation system bare. You make sure that you have something to cover it up like organic mulch.

You can have your own trickle irrigation system inside your backyard or garden that will take over the duty of watering your plants. This is indeed a more practical way of maintaining your lawns and gardens without the hassle of watering. Above that, designing one for yourself does not cost that much. It is easy, fun and affordable.


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