If you want to reduce water consumption and prevent over-watering your garden, you may want to consider installing a drip irrigation system.
A drip irrigation system will not only prevent over-watering your precious garden goodies, but it will also reduce the growth of weeds and provide a ready supply of wet goodness to help your garden plants thrive.
Using a drip irrigation system is a more efficient means of keeping your garden watered than the traditional method of manually watering.
The water is distributed more steadily and provides a constant source as opposed to manually watering, which can be irregular. A drip irrigation system won’t forget to water your precious food plants.
The first thing you need is an outdoor water source. An outdoor spigot is a perfect place to begin installing your drip system. If you have an outdoor faucet located nearby, you may be able to hook up your drip system directly to it.
If your water source is a bit of a distance to your garden project, you may need to utilize a length of garden hose to bring your irrigation system to the proper location.
Lay Out Water Lines
There are a couple of different types of systems you may consider using for your watering needs. If you have a pre-punched system, just attach the water emitters into the punched holes in the watering hose, then lay out the hose as desired to achieve the watering effect you have in mind.
If you have the non-punched type, you will want to punch holes in the watering lines in the areas needed to achieve the watering effect you desire, and then install the emitters, before laying the watering hose out into the correct position for constant watering of your garden vegetables.
There is also a soak hose type, drip irrigation system that you can use for your garden watering needs. This setup only requires to attach it to the water source and layout as desired for constant watering.
Install and Attach the Ground Stakes
If your drip irrigation system came with ground stakes, once you have laid out the watering lines and have everything in place, then the next step is to install and attach the ground stakes to keep everything in your system firmly in place.
Be sure to seal the end of the watering lines to prevent the water from just pouring out the end of the line. Check your water emitters and adjust them as necessary to achieve the watering effect you desire.
This type of system is extremely efficient and puts a constant water source where it is most needed. A drip system will eliminate water waste and reduce weed growth.
Grow a happy, healthy garden without manual watering using a drip irrigation system.