To keep your lawn and garden healthy without paying a lot of money for water usage, consider installing a drip irrigation system. A micro drip system can be easily designed and installed on a standard garden hose spigot.
For your design, you will need map out the areas where you plan to water. You can draw this on graph paper and be sure to draw it to scale (i.e. 10 feet equals one inch).
From there, you can map out how you want your dripper lines to run from your hose faucet and how you want them routed. You can also determine how many drippers or water emitters you need from this graph.
After you have laid out the plans for your micro irrigation system, you can purchase drip irrigation parts. You may want to use a drip system kit or you can purchase all your drip parts separately.
If you are building your DIY water drip system from scratch, start at the hose faucet. Attach an automatic watering timer to the water hose spigot.
From the water timer, connect a pressure regulator, filter and hose adapter. The water pressure regulator should maintain a constant water pressure of 25 PSI.
Any higher water pressure can damage your system or cause a blowout. You need a water filter to keep out dirt and debris from clogging the drip irrigation line.
The hose faucet adapter is used to connect the distribution tubing to the garden hose spigot. You can purchase a 3-in-1 unit that includes the filter, adapter and regulator or you can buy and install them all separately.
From the transition adapter, install your distribution or supply tube. The supply line should not have any holes in it as it will be supplying the rest of your drip tubing with water.
Route your distribution tube to areas where you need to water. Connect a tubing tee to the end of the supply tubing and attach the sprinkler drip line.
You may need more distribution line to branch to different areas from the tube tees. After you have routed all of your supply tubing, you can install soaker tubing or micro drip tube.
Soaker tube has pores that allow water to seep directly into the ground while drip irrigation tubing needs holes to place drippers or micro sprayers. Whichever type of drip line you decide to use, be sure to cap off the ends with barbed end plugs so water pressure is maintained.
If you choose to use porous soaker tubing, test the system to make sure all pores are emitting and that water pressure is being maintained. You can set your automatic timer and start watering your plants and garden areas.
If you decide on regular irrigation drip tubing, you will need to punch holes with punch gun or punch tool to install emitters. You can also purchase drip hose with pre-drilled holes.
After punching holes in your dripper irrigation line, install water drippers, emitters or micro sprinklers with barbed couplings. Flush the system before capping off the ends of your drip tube with end plugs.
Test your dripping irrigation system to make sure that all the emitters are working properly and water pressure is constant. Once everything has been tested and is working properly, set your watering times, durations and intervals.
With an Orbit drip irrigation system, you can save money and conserve water while keeping plants healthy and beautiful. Designing and installing your own dripper system is yet another way to help save money.
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