A sprinkler system can increase material value
to a residential building and can be installed by any homeowner with a little
work and know how. Some primary landscape ideas and a bit of work on your
garden plans is all that is needed.
A sprinkler system can be a great project for
a do-it-yourself type of individual. By taking your garden plans and
following a simple layout, the project can easily be achieved in a weekend.
You don't need a landscape architect for the design- you can do it yourself!
A professionally installed system typically
costs from $1,500 to $5,000 depending on the lawn proportions. With a drop by
to a home or garden center and a pinch of planning and work, you can erect an
equivalent system in the order of $500 - that's immense savings!
The secret? I use the manner of installation
detailed herein featuring flexible PVC, long-range rotors, in-line timers and
filtered drains. And stores like Lowe's and Home Depot often have DIY classes
on weekends to help with some of the finer points, should you need extra
The approach involves a 4 step installation.
While planning is the largest time consuming
element of putting in a sprinkler system, doing it well can save you
substantial work and ensure impressive watering.
- Start planning you sprinkler system by
drawing a plot of the lot on some graph paper
- Mark the locations of your water spigots
- Choose the heads you intend to use based on
water flow, pressure and coverage geometry. The most common sprinkler system
brands are Rain Bird and Orbit, both of which advise rotor-style heads to
carry out this need. Styles with adjustable ranges are particularly
convenient, as a home's individual water pressure and flow rate will cause
head performance to fluctuate vastly
- Once you have selected sprinkler heads,
fiddle with several arrangements on your yard and plot your zones. You should
try to minimize the number of heads per zone while maintain adequate
coverage. Garden plans are key to ensuring you map out your layout and
2. Purchasing Materials
After a nice and comprehensive planning stage,
let the buying begin. Although the shopping list will vary, you will want PVC
hosing, couplers, fittings, clamps, heads, splitters, drains and a timer. In
order to test out one zone, you may consider installing a single zone first
and get the installation process worked out before committing to a larger
purchase for the rest of your inventory.
3. Tools and Other Materials
You will also need to gather the following to
perform the installation:
- Shovel- A spade style shovel with a handle
- Glue - Standard PVC cement will be used for
the connections. Primer is not necessary and a 4oz can will suffice for most
- Knife - You will need a box-cutter or
utility knife to cut the flex PVC
- Teflon tape - You will need a roll of Teflon
tape to secure threaded connections
Installing the PVC uses a digging technique
called 'slotting' where you insert a spade-style shovel about six inches into
the ground and pull back. One the PVC pipe is installed, the lawn is reset
back over the pipe to completely cover it. You then can resume the
installation by installing tees and making the right connections at all
junctions and sprinkler head locations. Once the sprinkler heads are
installed and drains and timers completed, the system can be tested. Each
individual sprinkler head can be adjusted to ensure complete coverage and the
system can be pressure tested for any leaking or seepage. Once you are
satisfied with the patterns, set up your timers and you're done!
Your irrigation system will fit in
attractively with the rest of your landscape architecture. Now you can sit
back and take time to enjoy watching your system in action.
Landscaping Pictures are Worth a Thousand Words.
See thousands of ideas right here to help you with your irrigation project. You will see where the landscaping ideas come from and how to adjust your garden plans so that you can achieve your desired outcome- a beautiful, well designed and working sprinkler system.
Simply browsing through photographs will give you all the fresh ideas you can imagine. From gorgeous patios and warm and cozy gardens to outdoor lighting and all the best ideas to help choose just the right sprinkler solution.
I am a
stay-at-home proud mom of 3 beautiful children and our family has had the
opportunity to live in a variety of different places around the world. Over
the years, I’ve created a number of landscapes- for both front yards and back
yards. I guess I’ve become a so-called landscape architect because I have now
been involved in over 100 landscape designs and plans for friends, neighbors