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Basics, How To Install Irrigation For Homeowners
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Tired of dragging the old garden hose around every time you need to water the shrubs, grass, or vegetable garden? Well there is a solution! All you need is a few good hands ( family and friends), some basic tools ( shovels ) pics, and some rental equipment if needed to help you install your new underground irrigation system.

You will first need to estimate where all the irrigation heads will be installed. Always separate the shrub beds from the sodded areas. Usually the sodded areas will not need as much watering. And if there is a shrub bed in the middle of any sodded areas, then it is ok to use rotary heads. In the smaller areas you will need to have shrub heads or what is called pop-up heads ( stationary ). The rotary heads and the pop-up heads will need to be on separate zones. Zones will be like...5 rotary heads on one zone, 11 pop-ups on one zone. It will be according to the amount of water pressure that will be distributing out of the water meter.

Find out how much water pressure will be distributing out from the water meter, with a compression tee, gate valve, and a back flow preventer. Take a five gallon bucket and check the gallons per. minute. Now we can count the rotary and pop-up heads to find out how many heads that can distribute so many gallons per. minute. That will make up how many zones you will need.

Run the pvc piping from the back flow preventor to the electric valves. The electric valves will represent each different zones that will be needed. Place them close together and install pvc piping out of each valve to separate each zone. Remember...the rotary heads are not on the same zone as the pop-ups are.

Now we know how many zones that will be installed. It is time to purchase and install the automatic timer. From the electric valves there will need to be a multi-color wire ran from the valves to the automatic timer. Just make sure that if you have 4 zones, that you purchase at least a 6 wire.

When installing pvc piping from water meter to the electric valves it is always better to run schedule 40 piping. And if you are installing sod after the installation of any under ground irrigation, always back fill the irrigation heads the thickness of the sod. If there will be mulch added in the shrub beds, it is always a good thing to have the pop-ups back filled with about 3 inches sticking up.

ALWAYS remember to call your local utilities before any ground disturbance. And check out you local regulations on under ground irrigation installations.


Street Talk

Aaahhh memories. We put in a system when we built our house 8 years ago and then the drought came. We haven't been allowed to use our watering system on level 6 restrictions... but it sure was good while it lasted!

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  about 9 years ago

Heather, sorry to hear that. There was a drought a few years back in Georgia and contractors were only allowed to water for 30 days. Thanks, Heather

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  about 9 years ago

One thing all should remember, irrigation systems set for correct times, use nearly half the water of hand held systems.

  
  about 9 years ago

Nice article, informative, and clear. I love the idea of getting the family and friends involved, on completion a good party to celebrate.

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  about 9 years ago

Thanks, Rob! Family, friends and a celebration. Nothing like it!

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  about 9 years ago
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