Author: Emily Lapm • Date: October 28, 2016 • Appears in:
5 DIY Irrigation System Designs to Save Water in the Garden
Water is a precious and expensive commodity that is heavily regulated in many cities around the country, especially during the dry months. This water regulation, while necessary, can be a death sentence to lawns and gardens. Here are 5 do it yourself irrigation systems that will save both your garden and your money.
1. Bottle Drip Irrigation
Repurposing items can be an inexpensive way to create a garden irrigation design without using expensive irrigation services. Cut holes in the bottom half of an empty plastic bottle. Bury the bottle in between the plants in the garden making sure that all the holes are underground. Fill the bottle with water. Continue to bury bottles around the garden until every plant has access to water. Refill when the bottle is empty. This method will deliver water to the roots of your plants and reduces the need for daily watering.
2. Bucket Irrigation System
The bucket irrigation system is very effective for gardens that are larger than the average home garden. Using a 5 to 10 gallon bucket, drill a hole in the side as close to the bottom as possible. Attach an irrigation tube to the hole making sure the tube is long enough reach through the entire garden. Elevate the bucket so that it is level and higher than the garden. A flat platform made from bricks is a perfect DIY way to get your bucket off the ground. Over time you may experience some clogging in the hole or tube. This can be caused by algae or calcium build up. A good way to prevent this clogging is by installing a filter. There are many irrigation filters as well as other irrigation products to help keep your water irrigation system design in working order.
3. PVC Irrigation System
PVC pipe can be a great substitute for the more expensive irrigation pipe options when designing your irrigation system. A PVC irrigation system will take more prep time upfront but will undoubtedly save time and money in the long run. Cut the pieces of PVC pipe to create a grid through and around the entirety of the garden. Connect the pipes with T connections leaving one section open to be attached to the hose with a threaded connector. Drill holes evenly along the pipes and attach the water hose.
4. Soaker Hose With Timer
Soaker hoses are a great water delivery system that will soak the ground around the plants without the risk of the water run off. Using a soaker hose alone is fine but using a timer can prevent over watering and save your time. Both the soaker hose and the water timer can be found in the Irrigation for Garden section of your local home-improvement store.
5. Base Watering System
A base watering system is the best way to deliver water directly to the roots of your plants. This method of water delivery prevents water loss from evaporation and keeps leaves dry which prevent burning and disease. Base watering stakes can be found at most home-improvement stores and can be attached to either pre-manufactured irrigation tubing or paired with other do it yourself watering systems. For instance, instead of attaching an irrigation tube to the Bucket System, try using a hose that attaches to the base watering stakes. This will allow the watering system to not only store water and use gravity to distribute it, but also allow the water to go directly to the roots further reducing water waste.
Do it yourself watering systems are a great way to conserve water, choosing the right pressure pump, eliminate over watering and reduce the amount of time you spend on garden maintenance. Do it yourself water irrigation system components can be mixed and matched to fit your specific needs, or you may even create your own. Either way, smarter watering is not only good for your garden, it's good for your budget.
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