How to Install a Drip Irrigation System

how-to-install-a-drip-irrigation-systemIn a previous post we mentioned one of Marion County’s micro-irrigation classes. If you missed that class you might still want to know how to install a drip irrigation system so you can preserve more water while gardening.

Drip irrigation systems range from the very simple to the very complicated. There are lots of different options that you can choose from.

However, there is one option that stands out as a beginner’s best bet. Here’s what you’ll need.

  • A drip irrigation timer.
  • A 2-in-1 pressure regulator and filter.
  • Hose fittings.
  • Drip tubing with pre-installed emitters.
  • Tie downs.
  • Elbow fittings.
  • A backflow prevention device.
  • A Y-connector.

Start by attaching the Y connector to your hose. This will let you put a normal hose on your faucet as well, so you have it if you need it.

Next, you’ll want to install your backflow prevention device. This will keep the water from washing back into your water supply.

Now add the 2-in-1. The filter keeps debris from clogging your system. The pressure regulator is important because most hoses produce 70-85 psi whereas most drip irrigation systems require 20-50 psi.

Now you can add your drip tubing. Since the drip tubing on your list has pre-installed emitters you can simply place the hose where you want it – wherever the lines will be most effective at getting the water directly to the plant’s roots.

You can use the tie downs and elbow fittings as you run the tubing through your garden. The tie downs will keep the irrigation system in place, and the elbow fittings will let you run corners.

The Home Depot video below offers a ton of other options, and plenty of drip irrigation systems are sold as kits.

If this installation won’t work for you, just check out some of the other kits and options to find the one that meets your garden’s needs a bit better. It’s easy to do – and you’ll enjoy a low maintenance garden and a lower water bill for your troubles.

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