DIY Ideas for a Garden Irrigation System

Written by  //  April 6, 2016  //  Yard and Garden  //  Comments Off on DIY Ideas for a Garden Irrigation System

Having a beautiful garden is a dream come true for many people out there. However, for your garden to be visually appealing your plants must be as lush as possible and for them to remain so, they need to be watered down properly. For this, you will need a proper irrigation system but purchasing one or having one installed on your property can cost an arm and a leg. Luckily for you, there is a way out and it lays in one of the amazing DIY ideas for your garden irrigation system. Here are some of the choices you may have in front of you.

The drip hose

Perhaps the simplest method of dealing with garden irrigation is to resort to what is commonly known as the drip hose. The best thing about this is that it doesn’t take you more than $15 to make a perfectly functional irrigation system this way. What you need is up to 50 meters of hose and something to drill tiny holes with. These holes need to be 1-2 inches apart but the last (and first) 6 inches of the hose need to be intact. Now another thing you need to pay special attention to is that your holes are not too big as to flood your garden. Just to be safe go with 1/64-inch drill bit. After this is done, all you have to do is turn the pressure to the minimum (since after all you want a drip) and there you have it.

Self-watering planter

Now, this next system may be a bit more complicated, but when it comes to self-sustainability it is simply second to none. First thing you need is a box of adequate size (it needs to have enough room for water reservoir and soil) while the material it is made of doesn’t play a significant role. Next thing you need are things called weeping cups. These are ordinary plastic cups drilled so that they drip water as if they were weeping. After this, all you need to do is drill the lid of the box and strategically place these weeping cups and pieces of watering pipe inside. Finally you just need to fill the bin through the watering tube and you are all set and done.

Going even greener

Although making these planters is a bit more expensive, they are still not that pricey. However, there is one additional advantage that often functions as a deal breaker. Namely, self-watering planter can be filled with a rainwater you accumulate into a reservoir making your garden even “greener”. Still, making this reservoir and making it work, might be quite a feat. Inexperienced homeowners may have some difficulties. There are many things that can go wrong. However, do not despair. This is why it might be best if have contacts of your local emergency plumbers at hand.


Finally, if you are up for making your garden’s irrigation system, but don’t want to go through too much trouble while doing this, making Ollas might be the right way for you to go. All you need here are two 8- or 10-inch clay pots with matching rims and something to seal them together with. There are many options here but your safest bet would be to go with silicone caulk which you would allow to dry for 24 hours. After you are done, simply fill Olla with water and there you have it. It simply doesn’t get any simpler yet surprisingly enough more efficient than that.

Where there is will there is always a way and having a lot of money to spend on expensive irrigation systems is not necessarily more efficient way to upkeep your garden. Be as it may, all of these solutions are simple, quick to build, planet friendly and most importantly- great for your garden.

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