This weekend, I installed in an automatic drip irrigation system into my flower garden. It’s a game changer! This is an easy DIY project.
I grew up on a 88 acre farm where our family grew flowers. My father’s parents own a florist and he grew up in the business. The greenhouses all had automatic drip irrigation systems set to a timer. My parents no longer have big commercial style greenhouses. They do have there flower beds (quite a few of them) set to automatic drip irrigation systems.
My father is always very helpful in teaching me over the years, how to do projects without having to hire someone. He offered to come down and help me get the system set-up.
How to install an automatic drip irrigation system in any garden
- 2 -SoakerPRO™ 50 ft. Rubber Drip Irrigation Soaker Hose
- Adjustable Dripper w/Coupler (1 package of 5)
- Skinny Vinyl Black Hose (use to connect to the dripper and coupler)
- Automatic Outdoor Timer (made by Orbit)
- Irrigation Fittings (connectors)
- Two-Way Tee Adapter for the faucet (so that you can attach two hoses)
- Black Electric Tape
- Large Cutting Tool
There are kits available with many of the items listed above. My father purchased the items used for me. We did not use a kit for this particular project.
Step 1 Installing the Automatic Timer for the irrigation system
The first thing we did was to set-up the automatic outdoor timer. It was pretty easy to set-up to the time that I wanted the system to come on each day.
You can see, I have a two-way tee adapter attached to the faucet. It allows us to connect another hose to use for washing the car or other tasks around the house.
Step 2 Laying out the Rubber Drip Irrigation Soaker Hose
Here is my wonderful father helping me layout rubber drip irrigation soaker hose. Honestly, I do not know what I would do without this man. He has so much knowledge on DIY projects and has taught me do tackle so many projects on my own or with his help. Can you believe this man is 77 years young? He is in better shape then his three children.
Here we laid the soaker hose in rows next to the plants. You can have a better idea in the next photo.
You can see how we laid the soaker hose in rows near the plants.
step 3 attaching drip lines for the pots
This next step may seem complicated but it is really easy. If I can do this task, you would be able to as well. I connected the drip lines to most of the pots. I took photos of my father doing it as well. It will help you get a good visual of how to set-up the drip lines off the main soaker hose for your pots.
Here you will need to gently poke the the coupler into the soaker hose. I gently turned it side to side to work it into the house.
Once the coupler is in the soaker hose, my father likes to use black electrical tape to secure it to the hose and avoid any small leaks.
Here is how it should look with finished installing the electrical tape.
Next, we used the skinny black hose to cut to the length needed for reaching the pot.
Now install the adjustable dripper to the end of the hose. It pushes easily into the top of the skinny hose.
You can turn it to adjust the amount of the drip flow to your pot.
We ran the hose up the side of the pot. You want to put it to the side or back where it is not visible to the front.
Here you can see I have it along the side draped inside. They do also have stakes that you can use inside the pots. We were using what was available on hand.
Step 4 Extending the hose and capping the end
The end of the hose may look similar to the one shown above. I could connect another hose to it or cap it off. Here we are going to add more hose to do the final loop and then run it along the back on house into the herb garden.
You can see the end was cut so a tee connector can be used to connect additional hose length.
Next, you will need to attached the tee connector.
It’s just a matter of pushing the hose up through the tee connector. Now you can connect additional hoses to it which I did to run it to the back herb garden.
It should look like this when finished.
When you are finished, the end of the hose will need to capped off. Here is the end cap that is simply screwed on tight.
Step 5 Covering the hose
The final step would be to put some mulch over the hose. Sometimes you will need to dig a row (not deep) for the hose to lay flat. Then lightly cover with mulch to hide the hose. I have a few more plants to add into the garden. So my hose has not covered yet.
My covering up the hose, it helps to protect it from the sun causing it to dry rot.
The flower and herb gardens are still a work in progress. Honestly, it does bring me so much joy to work in them.
If you like gardening like me, I have a wonderful post about How To Start An Outdoor Herb Garden.
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Have an amazing day, friends!