How To Install A Multi-Drip Irrigation System
Multi-drip irrigation systems are the perfect companion for any green thumb gardener looking to go a little more eco-friendly. Not only is installing a multi drip irrigation system a lot easier than you might think, but it will keep your garden looking healthy, save gallons of water from being wasted and reduce your water bill.
Step 1: You will need
- 3/4" plastic tubing
- 1/4" plastic tubing
- 1 3/4" Y filter
- 1 water timer
- various plastic tube fittings
- plastic emitters
- plastic spikes
- AA batteries
- 1 utility knife
- 1 adjustable wrench
- plumbing paste
- 1 plastic hole punch
Step 2: The Watering Zone
You can pick up a multi-drip irrigation kit at most large home and garden stores. While these kits contain all the necessary pieces to attach to your existing plumbing, it may be necessary to pick up an extra adapter, depending on your plumbing hardware at home.
Once you decide on a location for your multi-drip irrigation system, make sure you have adequate tubing to reach your water supply.
Attach a backflow preventer to your valve. This will keep fertilizers and other contaminants out of your water supply. Screw the filter on to the backflow preventer and the adapter for the water timer. Drip emitters can get clogged by tiny particles in tap water. Using a filter on your water source will keep your multi drip irrigation system running smoothly and efficiently.
Step 3: Connect The Tubes
Depending on the proximity to your water source, you'll need the appropriate length of plastic tubing. To keep moles or other rodents from chewing through the tubing, keep it above ground so that water drips on top of the soil.
Lay out your ¾” tubing around the area you want irrigated. Use the smaller ¼” tubing to run up to the base of your plants. Your multi-drip irrigation kit includes a small hole puncher. Use this to punch holes in the tubing for your emitters.
You will need to determine how much water to give your plants. Some veggies may require two emitters at the base to stay adequately hydrated. Generally speaking, one emitter per plant should do the trick. Use small stakes to hold the emitters in place at the base of your plants and veggies. At the very end of your hose, bend it around and clamp it with the end cap provided in the kit. This will keep any water from running wildly out of the end of your tubing.
Step 4: Turn On The Timer
Before turning on the water, put some fresh batteries in your irrigation timer and set the dials to the desired watering schedule. This will vary depending on where you live and what kind of plants and vegetables you are working with.
Once you crank open the valve, check to make sure all the emitters are unclogged and there aren't any leaks in the hose.