|Written by Sharyl Stockstill|
Just walking through your local hardware store can really open a personâ€™s eye to the new availability of drip irrigation systems.Â They are not just for small yards and patios, but also for large yards and gardens.Â Drip irrigation allows for conservation of watering and ensures that garden plants receive an adequate amount of water--while avoiding issues of evaporation and wasting water on weeds. A good irrigation system can be designed using PVC pipe, which is durable and cost-effective and easy to work with.
Take measurements of your garden area where you will install the drip irrigation system. By having the proper measurements, you can lay out your design on the graph paper. Also, mark where water connections are in relation to the garden. This will help with the calculations on how much pipe and how many fittings will be necessary.
Create a scale drawing by laying out your planned crops within the dimensions of the garden. Arrange your crops so that anything that can be put on the drip system is in one area while crops that will benefit the most from sprinklers are in another area.
Draw in your drip irrigation line. Now that you know where you will need the water, you can easily estimate the fittings and footage of PVC pipe you will need.
Things You'll Need
Graph paper Pencil Tape measure
Consider adding an electronic timer to your drip irrigation system to automate watering. You can include permanent crops such as trees, vines and rhubarb to your design for drip irrigation.
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