How to create a DIY sprinkler system for your lawn

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How to create a DIY sprinkler system for your lawn

Installing an excellent sprinkler system can help save your time as you take care of other home activities. Additionally, it keeps your yard healthy and beautiful-looking while allowing you to be free from heavy physical involvement. To complement the unsteady reliance on rain and have control over how your lawn will look like, you need to create a sprinkler system.

Getting started

Building your sprinkler system yourself may be the cheapest way to go. This requires proper planning. 

Ensure you check your landscape to determine whether to install a DIY above ground sprinkler system or a DIY in ground sprinkler system, and also where to fix it. If you have not done your landscape yet, get a qualified landscape contractor to guide you in planning it with the installation of a sprinkler system in mind.

Further, together with your contracted landscape advisor, you should examine the water system in your neighborhood for factors like pressure and reliability of supply. These factors will help you decide where to place sprinklers, the number of sprinklers, and the right size. 

After you are through with the preliminary considerations, now you can think of starting your DIY sprinkler system project.

Installing a DIY lawn sprinkler system

Before you start any installation, you should check your local regulations and get any relevant permits if necessary. Arm yourself with the facts you gathered from the preliminary assessment stage according to the landscape you have adopted for your yard. Make sure you do the following:

  • Check the water pressure in your supply. If the pressure is lower than 30 psi, this will guide you on numbers of sprinkler heads to have. The lower the pressure, the smaller the radius of reach.
  • Determine how many sprinkler heads you are going to install.
  • Decide the location of your sprinkler heads.
  • Determine the distance from one sprinkler head to the other.

All these factors depend on the landscape of your yard. The slope and size of your lawn will help you determine whether to install a DIY above ground sprinkler system or a DIY in ground sprinkler system, or a combination of both (in different locations).

Due to the rather technical demands of installing a DIY in ground sprinkler system, you may want to consider having a qualified technician take you through the first stages of laying out the whole system and then you can complete the less mechanical part.

How to install an in ground DIY sprinkler system

This system is comparatively slightly more complicated than the DIY above ground sprinkler system, which you can customize easily to your preferences. It is more economical in terms of water and money. Interestingly, you can complete the installation within the same day you start, which is not the case for the DIY in ground sprinkler system.

  1. Primarily, begin by having a useful timer. You should choose a timer that fits directly into the water spigot. The ideal timer should have a pressure regulator and the ability to prevent the backflow of water.
  2. Get the appropriate pipes from your local hardware supply. PVC pipes are ideal. A half-inch-width tube is enough for a system that will have only one sprinkler head. If you are planning to use several sprinkler heads, a bigger pipe is the best for you because it is going to handle higher pressure. Also, source for “risers” (smaller pipes that connect the branching pipes with sprinkler heads above the ground), and matching sprinkler heads.
  3. Use the timer to measure and set the water pressure by connecting it through the spigot. Open the water to the fullest and read the pressure on the timer. You may adjust to any pressure between 20-30 psi.
  4. Carefully dig the ditches where you will lay the pipes using a simple hoe and shovel. You can make the depth to be from 6-10 inches, depending on the climate in your region.
  5. Now, lay down the pipes in the trenches. Connect the central hose to the spigot via the timer. Direct the other pipes to the branching trenches; they will connect to different sprinkler heads in various locations. The points should have connecting joints for risers.
  6. Install risers and connect the sprinkler heads.
  7. At this juncture, you can now cover the underground pipes with soil in the trenches to remain with sprinkler heads above the ground- determined by the height you prefer to keep your lawn with each mowing.
  8. Repeat this process from each location that you intend to install your sprinkler system.
  9. Set the timer for the different zones and determine when you want to spray each of the zones.

A DIY above ground sprinkler system does not require digging trenches even though a similar method of laying pipes above the ground applies. Also, the sprinkler heads need to be higher than in the underground system.

A significant number of homeowners prefer to install DIY sprinkler systems in their lawns so that they can have first-hand influence on how they want their systems to work. 

With a keen eye to detail and following the right process, you can complete your project with tremendous success. A properly-done landscape is critical in determining the system to install, and its layout.

However, for the best outcome in any DIY project, it is good to always arm yourself with the right knowledge through consulting expert sources.

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