How to Set Up a Garden Irrigation System
Gardens bring aesthetic and practical enjoyment to any home. An essential element for a healthy garden is ensuring your plants receive the perfect amount of water at the right time. This is why Denver garden irrigation systems are so vital. Watering at the wrong time of day can be damaging, just as too little or too much water can wreak havoc on your plants. Installing an irrigation system is an investment that will provide your vegetation with the exact amount of water required at the time of day that is most efficient for your climate and the time of year.
Plan the System
First sketch your garden area, paying attention to the arrangement of the plants and the shade in each area. Determine the best type of watering device for your garden (drip, spray, sprinkle, etc.). Purchase the appropriate equipment for the type selected, paying attention to how many zones will be created based on the area each sprinkler device will cover.
Installation usually begins at the outside faucet. Once you’ve purchased the appropriate equipment, take time to familiarize yourself with the installation instructions and ensure you have the appropriate tools for the job.
Installing the irrigation lines or tubing is often the next step. Be sure it is buried deep enough to prevent damage from the elements or pets, but shallow enough that it is easily reached if repairs or leaks occur.
Connect the tubing to the sprinkler heads (also called emitters) that were selected.
Flush the Irrigation System
Once the parts are all connected, turn on the water to flush the system and ensure that all emitters are working correctly. At this point, check for leaks as well. Look for water pooling or rising where the tubing was buried.
Maintain the Irrigation System
Once the system has been installed and is working correctly, be sure you protect your investment and your garden by regularly maintain your garden irrigation system. Clean the filter once per month. Also, run your system to check for leaks and to inspect for damage to the sprinkler systems. When winter arrives, follow the manufacturer’s instructions for winterizing your system to protect it from damage during the harsh winter weather months.