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DIY: Installing Drip Irrigation From a Water Faucet

WP Law - Thursday, June 19, 2014

How to Install Drip Irrigation From a Water Faucet.

DIY: Installing Drip Irrigation From a Water Faucet
Homeowners are turning to drip irrigation systems to help them manage their water usage, as well as to save money. By taking a do-it-yourself approach, you can reduce your water use and your drip irrigation system installation costs by over 50 percent! Drip irrigation can be very simple to install when just dealing with a central located water faucet outside your home. You will first want to make a simple plan or design and then make a list of materials you will need to buy.

Here at W.P. Law, we provide drip irrigation products including drip tubing and drip fittings, drip emitters, irrigation controllers, drip filters, timers, valves and drip irrigation accessories. Also with our great customer service, we can tell you how to install drip irrigation at your house or job, with suggested layouts and design, tips on selecting the right emitters and other useful information. We offer customized drip kits ranging from greenhouse to vegetable gardens.

When installing a simple drip irrigation system outside your home, off of a water faucet, here are the supplies you will need. You will first start need a hose end timer, this is what you will hook up to your faucet. We provide a dual port timer so it won’t tie up your faucet. If you don’t buy a dual port, you will need to buy a “Y” faucet adapter and install it before the timer. Next thing you will need is a Y filter and pressure regulator. These are the items you will install right after your timer. Next you will need to buy a roll of solid drip tubing; the length of tubing will be determined by an estimated measurement throughout the bed or beds you are irrigating. Once you hook up the drip tubing, with an adaptor to the pressure regulator, you will need to curve the drip tubing in and out of your plants getting the tubing close to the stem and under the drip line of the plants by using landscape staples. By using drip T’s and 90’s you can branch off into different directions to get good coverage in your plant beds. After the tubing is installed and the line ends are pinched off with end clamps, you will need to install emitters into the tubing at every plant. Best way is to put ½ gal or 1 gal emitters on either side of the stems of the plants, 2 gal emitters on either side of trees. Once you have all the tubing and emitters down, it’s good to place mulching material down onto the tubing to cover it up. This allows protection for the tubing and is aesthetically pleasing. Program your timer considering the plant materials, time of year, and location.

Learn more about easy to install DIY drip irrigation systems, and contact WP Law today.

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