How to Set Up an Eco-friendly Drip Irrigation System for Your Garden

Some people do not like watering their small garden, others like me, have a huge job of doing it. With several hectares of my property that is finally something of a natural garden, watering it presents a big job. If you want a hassle-free way to water your garden, setting up an irrigation system from the beginning is certainly the way to go. It is not as hard as you think, but you need to get it right. You should also get the right components. Investing in the right equipment, such as leak-proof ball valve connections for your hoses will mean your water goes where you want it. In a time where we are more conscious of the amount of water we are using, and more importantly, wasting, drip irrigation systems are by far the best. Using natural water is even better. Let’s look at how we should go about it.

  • Getting started with natural water. I live in Australia, and that means I know all about the need to conserve water. Low-power pumps in Australia are big business. They switch on automatically when you need the water, and no more. Rainwater tanks should be built on stable ground, and you want to catch as much water from the top surfaces of any structures as possible. You will be surprised on how much you can actually gather.
  • Essential components for a Drip System. Drip irrigation systems are not as complicated as many will make them out to be. They essentially come with 3 major components. A drip system is designed to use a minimal amount of water, and that is why they come with a rain sensor. There is no need to be using your stored when it is raining. A timer will control the amount of water you are going to use, or more specifically, how long you will be distributing the water. And then there is the piping.
  • Extra accessories to make it all work. Small filters from your water tank will ensure the lines to do not get clogged. The proper connections, as mentioned in the instruction will ensure you are not leaking water from connections in your hosing. An anti-siphon valve will ensure the water does not put pressure back onto your pump, and finally, a pressure regulator will help to keep the water pressure stable through the lines. Good water pumps will also help with this regulation.
  • Preparation. Start with making a map of your garden. Google Earth or Google Maps with a satellite view can be very helpful here, especially if you have a large garden like me. It can be a good way to summarise where you plan. You should never forget the lay of the land. The aim is to keep the water on you your property, and not have it running off. Small catchments to gather rainwater and excess water from your drip irrigation system, will pool water until they are full. The water will then run into the next zone of your garden. Pooled water is never wasted. It goes into the ground where all your plants can take advantage of it.
  • Getting advice. Finally, before you spend all that money, it is worth getting some advice on how much water those plants will need. We all know that we should have local plants for local conditions. The wrong plants will need more water than is required by native ones. Be a smart with your choice of plants as you are being with your drip irrigation system.

Setting up is relatively easy. You place the lines where they are needed. Dig small trenches to cross places, such as, paths and driveways. A drip irrigation system will make light work of keeping your garden green.

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