April 27, 2011

Building a Drip Irrigation System

Use a water drip system for a garden
 Dripping irrigation systems are ideal for watering vegetable gardens and flower areas. In some cities, drip systems are required by law to help conserve water. Whatever the reason, using a dripper irrigation system is great for saving money and effectively watering low-to-the-ground shrubs and plants.
If you are a do-it-yourselfer, making a drip watering system may be on your list of things to do before it gets too hot, you get tired of hand watering or your plants begin to die.
If you want to go the easy route, consider using a drip irrigation kit. These kits come with everything you need to make a drip watering system and they are generally quite inexpensive.
If you would like to design your own irrigation drip system, there are some things you need to consider. First of all, you should consider all the parts needed to make a drip water system. There are many components to a dripping system including:
    Drip systems are great for watering flowers
  • emitters and sprinklers
  • valves and filters
  • pressure regulators
  • adapters and manifolds
  • drip line and tubing
  • stakes and tube fittings
  • controllers and timers
  • tools and accessories
It is important that you get the correct water drippers and sprayers for your drip irrigation system. This is how water disperses to different areas so you need to have high-quality drip emitters and micro sprinklers to reduce the need for dripper replacement. You may want to purchase an anti-siphon valve to prevent backflow as well as shut-off valves for better water flow control. Filters are essential to keep drip tubing clean and functional.
If you have an irrigation system or water line, the PSI pressure may be too great for drip tubing. For this, you will need a water pressure regulator to maintain a low (generally 25 PSI) water pressure for your drip system.
You many need adapters to conform sprinkler drip line to irrigation pipes and manifolds provide extra ports so your dripper irrigation system can cover more area at one time. Irrigation drip tubing is equally important. You need to have drip irrigation line to cover all areas of your watering system with additional drip line for replacements.
Drip stakes and fittings allow for placing drippers and micro sprayers right where you need them as well as to securely connect the drip tubing to water emitters and drip sprinklers. You can even set your irrigation drip system on an automatic watering timer to make watering your lawn or garden simple and hassle-free.
In addition to all the drip watering components listed above, you need tools such as a drip tube punch gun and accessories like insect plugs to ensure optimal water drip performance.
Overall, installing a drip water system can be simple and is effective in dispensing water without the higher costs of full water sprinkler systems. Consider using Orbit drip sprinkler parts to create your own drip irrigation system for your yard or garden.


Phil Goold is a retired landscaper of 30 years. He loves being outside more than anything else, except maybe pie. He enjoys connecting with other landscapers and gardeners because everyone brings something new and fun to the table. Connect with Phil on Twitter and Google+.

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