Insight To Plan And Install Your Yard's Drip Sprinkler Irrigation System
Drip irrigation sprinkler systems are a smart way to water your landscaping or vegetable garden without worrying about runoff, evaporation, and over-spray, such as with aerial sprinklers. Here are some tips to help you take advantage of these benefits and install your yard's drip irrigation system to boost your yard's health and reduce your water bill.
Select the Right Drip Hose
There are several types of irrigation hoses that you can install in your landscaping for watering. The type of hose you select can depend on the type of vegetation you are watering and how tightly spaced the plants are through your vegetation area. For example, a row of individual plants will require a more spaced out watering design than an area of soil covered in a grouping of flowers and shrubbery. You will find that there is drip tubing that is a soaker hose to deliver water throughout its length through laser-cut openings in the hose. This will deliver water down the length of the hose and keep the entire area of soil saturated.
You can also find a drip line hose that has individual emitters along the length of the hose, each one spaced at even intervals. This type of hose is a good option to water your plants that are spaced evenly through your landscaping, such as with shrubbery or individual roses. If, however, you have vegetation that is spaced throughout your landscaping at uneven intervals, you can select a length of hose and customize the emitters. With a hole punch tool, you can position each drip emitter you attach onto the hose to deliver it right to your plant's roots.
Design Your Layout
Once you know the type of tubing you plan to use in your landscaped area, you can select a layout for the main tubing line. You will need to look at your landscaping and decide if you will need to snake the tubing back and forth through an area of vegetation or if you can set the tube around the edge of the vegetation with emitters directed into the vegetation and its roots.
If you are installing a length of tubing to water a tree, lay the line out to circle around the trunk of the tree if it is a larger tree. For a smaller tree, you can run the tubing next to the tree with several emitters spaced to deliver water to the tree.
Manage the Tubing
After installing the tubing, you will need to make sure it is secure in its location and that it does not move around. You can do so with the use of tubing stakes that you insert into the ground and around the tube to keep it in its place. Then, look at applying a layer of mulch over the tubing to help manage the soil's moisture level.
Reach out to a professional for more information about drip sprinkler system installation.