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Drip by Drip: Your Complete Guide to Setting Up Drip Irrigation Systems

Drip by Drip: Your Complete Guide to Setting Up Drip Irrigation Systems

Amy Gray |

Continuing our exploration of sustainable irrigation throughout April, we're kicking things off with a personal favorite of mine: drip irrigation! As gardens across the country begin to awaken, initiating the season with drip irrigation sets the stage for robust growth. In 2021, I began my garden oasis journey with the DIG Raised Bed Drip Irrigation Kit. Since then, this system has been instrumental in nurturing pounds of vibrant produce. Its versatility has allowed me to expand it across multiple garden beds. While we've explored many benefits of drip irrigation, from sustainability to enhanced soil and plant health, you might be wondering how to kickstart your own system. Look no further! Below is our step-by-step guide to effortlessly setting up a drip irrigation system, ensuring efficient and worry-free watering for your garden.

  1. Plan Your System:
    • Assess the irrigation needs of your garden and sketch out a layout, considering plant types, sizes, and water requirements.
    • Calculate the necessary flow rate and pressure based on the garden's size and plant distribution.
  2. Gather Materials:
    • Acquire the required components, which may include tubing, emitters, connectors, stakes, a pressure regulator, scissors, and a hole punch. Cheap Sprinkler’s makes this easy with the DIG Raised Bed Drip Irrigation Kit
  3. Prepare the Water Source:
    • Connect the drip irrigation system to an outdoor faucet or water tank, incorporating a backflow preventer and filter to ensure clean water.
  4. Lay Out the Mainline:
    • Unroll the mainline tubing according to your planned layout, cutting it to size without creating kinks or bends. A useful trick for untangling drip irrigation hoses is to expose them to sunlight for a brief time. The warmth from the sun softens the material, making it more flexible and simpler to handle. Another technique is to gently roll the hose along the ground, applying gentle pressure to help straighten out any kinks or twists and allowing it to unwind smoothly. A blow dryer or low setting heat gun can also help loosen those stubborn kinks.
  5. Install the Sub-Main and Distribution Lines:
    • Connect the sub-main tubing to the mainline using appropriate fittings and lay out the distribution lines to reach each plant or row.
    • Cut and connect the distribution lines, ensuring they are properly spaced and secured.
  6. Attach Emitters and Drip Devices:
    • Install drip emitters or micro-sprayers near the root zone of each plant, using stakes or clips to secure them in place.
  7. Secure and Test the System:
    • Secure the tubing and emitters to prevent movement, and carefully check for leaks after turning on the water supply.
    • Adjust connections and flow rates as needed to ensure even water distribution.
  8. Fine-Tune and Maintain:
    • Regularly monitor the system for clogs, leaks, or damage, making necessary repairs or replacements promptly.
    • Adjust flow rates and emitter placement as plants grow and environmental conditions change.
    • If applicable, take measures to protect the system from freezing temperatures during winter months.

With your new drip irrigation system in place, you're well on your way to enjoying a lush, thriving garden without the hassle of daily watering. By following these steps and fine-tuning your system as needed, you'll not only save time and effort but also conserve water and promote healthier plant growth.

Cheap Sprinkler's makes it easy with a variety of DIG drip irrigation and micro-sprinkler kits for patios, flower beds, potted plants, and raised bed gardens! Here's to a bountiful harvest and a more sustainable approach to gardening!