Spring is a very busy season for gardeners and if you’re creating a new garden, you may want to install your own drip system. It’s very easy to do.
A drip system is the best way to keep your plants watered and to be ‘green’ by not wasting water. A drip system will save you lots of time and money so that you can enjoy your garden instead of constantly maintaining it.
You can, of course, spend lots of money hiring a landscaper to put in a drip system for you, but that’s not necessary. The do-it-yourself drip systems that are on the market today take a lot of the guesswork out of the installation process and are much cheaper than hiring a landscaper.
With little effort, you can install your own drip system in no time at all. A small garden may take only an hour or two to install a drip system. A larger garden will, of course, take longer but you don’t have to do it all in one day. The good news is that you can do it at your own pace. Once you’ve installed your new drip system, all you have to do is turn the water on for 10-12 minutes, and then turn the water off. That’s it. Then, you can stand back, pat yourself on the back, and watch your garden grow!
When to Install a Drip System
The best time to install a drip system is when you create your garden. After you plant everything that’s going into your new garden and before you add mulch, that’s when you need to add the drip system. You can wind the hose around the garden easily and you can see where the plants are so that you don’t accidentally step on them. Wouldn’t that make your day?
Which Drip System Works Best?
The drip system that I find works well and is very easy to install is from DIG Irrigation Products and you can find their kits and parts at Home Depot. I bought the Drip Irrigation Kit for my new garden that I created. The kit was less than $20 which represents a huge savings from hiring a landscaper.
The kit came with a 44-page booklet with lots of pictures showing you how to install the drip system. There’s even two pages of graph paper so that you can plan your garden if you haven’t already done so. All the parts are listed and there’s lots of detail on each part so that you can decide what your garden needs.
What Other Supplies Will I Need?
I would suggest buying a box of fabric and sod staples to hold down the hose as the kits have several included but not nearly enough to complete the job. You’ll probably need to buy a packet of ‘goof’ plugs also. Goof plugs are rightly named, as you will punch a hole into the hose and then realize that you punched the hole on the wrong side of the hose. It happens. Once you goof plug your mistake, forget about it and move on. It’s that easy.
I Have an Established Garden with No Drip System
This is still a fairly easy project but you have to be a little more careful not to damage the plants as you work the drip system through the garden. I’ve made this mistake and had to add the drip system after the fact. It took longer to do because I had to watch my steps and I had to clear mulch away to lay down the hose.
I bought the Flowerbed Watering Kit for my established garden. The ground covers were well established and I couldn’t put a hose through them to water them. Instead, this kit has above the ground sprayers that will water the ground covers nicely. The Flowerbed Watering Kit costs less than $20.
There’s also a ‘nature’ or wildlife element to an established garden that you need to be aware of. A lot of little critters like snakes and lizards have made a home out of an established garden. So, you’ll want to lay down the drip system in the early Spring before the snakes come out. That was my priority. I didn’t care if it snowed again after I installed the drip system, but I wanted to make sure the snakes weren’t slithering by. They always startle me. If you live in an area that has rattlesnakes or other harmful snakes, you’ll definitely want to install a drip system in an established garden before they wake up. There’s no point getting in harm’s way.
Where Can I Buy a Drip System?
Do-it-yourself drip systems are easy to find at local hardware stores and some nurseries. Most stores carry one or two different types of drip systems, so take the time to read the information and choose the drip system that you think will work best in your garden.
Installing your own drip system is easy, inexpensive, and actually fun to do. Go for it!
Resource: Personal Experience