Installing sprinklers and drip irrigation in your yard is essential to making your lawn and gardens well landscaped. Equally important is making sure you are able to maintain your hard work for the next couple years. The mistakes listed below are easy to make but hard to fix.
1. Bury the hoses well.
If you don’t, a whole bundle of unwanted issues will arise. First and foremost, you don’t want someone to trip over the hose. Your garden’s beauty is surpassed only by the cost of your friend’s medical bill.
More probable, however, an exposed hose can easily be cut by a lawn mower or trimmer and your afternoon will be spent at the hardware store and in the yard.
A hose can be buried easily by cutting into the ground a few inches with your spade shovel, lifting the dirt, and tucking your hose inside the crevice. Be sure and pat it down with your feet. As well as making the process of burying the hose quicker and easier, you also keep your grass intact.
2. Keep all your spare parts because something will break.
This isn’t a cautionary measure: it is a preparative measure. When something breaks you will have to make a separate trip to the hardware store while hoping and praying that the part you need is readily available.
Once you figure out what you need for the entire project, plan to get extra sprinklers, hoses, and any other attachments that may be easily broken or lost; the higher the risk of damage or loss, the more parts you should store.
3. Invest in a spout timer.
You may think it is unnecessary to get a timer, but it will save a lot of trips outside, and a lot of running from the spraying water. The cost can start at $5.00 USD for a cheap one on Amazon or in your local Lowe’s or Home Depot .
Also, it is better to have it automatically water your yard and garden during nighttime when no one needs to run the shower or dishwasher. It also prevents some plants from getting sun burnt through the water droplets in the hot sun.
4. Ask for help.
Finally, just ask for help. The job requires that you be in two locations simultaneously in order to finish effectively and efficiently. Your helper doesn’t have to have any skills other than using a shovel and following directions.
Installing sprinklers and irrigation in the summer months can be dangerous. Remember, above all, to practice heat safety measures by wearing loose, light colored clothing and keeping hydration at hand. If the heat and humidity is up, take several sitting breaks to avoid heat exhaustion.
With that said, good luck and godspeed!