How To Add A Slow Drip Underground Soaker

Whether you have a vegetable garden, a flower garden, or just a yard that you want to be as lush and green as possible, keeping the vegetation properly irrigated is the key to success. While the most common way of watering an area in your yard may be to use a traditional sprinkler, is not necessarily the most effective way to get the job done. An underground soaker delivers water right to the roots of the plants rather than letting the majority of the water evaporate, as is the case if you use a sprinkler.

While the idea of adding a slow drip underground soaker may seem like a complicated are daunting task, the truth is that it is surprisingly easy to set up this type of system completely on your own, even if you do not consider yourself to be incredibly handy around the house.

To start with, you will want to install a Y fitting at the spigot that you’re going to be using that way you do not have to remove the irrigation hose if you need to use the spigot for some other purpose. This is also the time to consider adding a battery timer to automate the system so that you do not have to worry about remembering to turn your irrigation on and off. In most of the communities out there, the municipal water supply is under relatively high pressure, which makes purchasing a pressure regulator a good idea.

Using half-inch tubing will provide you with the best results in most situations. If you are just going to be installing the irrigation system in a straight line, the entire process will be fast and easy. If, on the other hand, you have a complex network of plants that you want to ensure get adequate water, you will need to use fittings to connect different pieces of tubing in order to navigate around your plants.

About every 4 feet, you should use a stake to hold the tube in place and you should punch a hole in the tubing near every plant. A 1/4 inch transfer barb can then be placed in the hold you have punched and connected to 1/4 inch tubing.

Once you have laid out your tubing and are certain that you will be able to provide adequate irrigation to all of the vegetation that you are concerned about, it is absolutely crucial that you take the proper steps in order to seal off the end of the tube. Probably the most effective way of doing this is to use a figure 8 fitting to securely kink the tubing at the end so that you are not wasting or losing water.

The entire process of installing this type of system can generally be done in an afternoon and the results speak themselves as you watch your plants grow and thrive even if the weather is not cooperating. No matter what type of plants you are growing, a drip irrigation system will save you money, time, and virtually guarantee your gardening success.