Why Install Pipes in your Garden
Depending on regular rainfall for healthy garden growth is not a sound plan. There are many variables that impact the quality of the garden. Learn how to eliminate one of these by installing a watering pipe in your garden. This tutorial will instruct on setting up a basic PVC water irrigation system. The benefit of watering this way is that water is not wasted through a sprinkler and the plants are watered at their roots.
- PVC pipe
- PVC pipe cleaner
- Clean rag
- PVC primer
- PVC pipe cutter
- PVC pipe end
- PVC hose adapter
Designing the Watering Plan
Prior to installing any pipes, you need to learn about what the watering needs are of each part of your garden. Some plants may require minimal water while others need to be kept at a certain moisture. This will allow you to adjust the flow of water with
Depending on the layout of your garden and distance from the watering source, you will need to decide how deep in the ground to put the watering line. The easiest thing to do is to lay the PVC pipe on the top of the soil. Doing it this way means that you will need to remove the PVC pipe in the winter.
Building a slight slope
When you make your garden beds, you will need to create them with a slight slope. This will allow the water to flow through the soil to the plants at the end of the bed. Use a level to make sure that there is a slight grade throughout the bed.
Setting up the PVC pipe
You will line up the PVC pipe at the end of a row of the garden. Try to create a set-up that waters plants with similar needs at the same time. As you set-up the PVC pipe, make sure you drill holes in the pipe where it lines up with the rows of plants. These holes allow the water to flow throughout the garden. Use a PVC cutter to make these holes. Add a screen to the holes in order to protect small mammals from injuring themselves or debris from getting into the PVC pipe. After the holes are drilled, use the PVC cleaner to remove any unnecessary debris.
You need to make sure that the PVC pipes are glued. A PVC primer kit will provide the materials needed to glue and seal the pipe. This blog post teaches you how to glue PVC pipes. This glue is especially important when you are combining PVC or turning corners. At the end of the PVC pipe, make sure that you cap it. Use PVC glue if necessary. This will prevent the water from running out the end of the pipe.
Connecting the PVC pipe to the hose
The next step is to connect the PVC pipe to the hose. You may need to purchase a PVC pipe adapter in order to connect it to the hose. Check the size of the PVC pipe and the size of the hose to determine if you need a PVC adapter or other connector. A more complex connector can be used that allows for control of water. If your hose spigot is a far distance from the garden, adding a spigot when connecting the PVC pipe can save time when the water needs to be turned on or off quickly.
Running Water through the Pipe
The pipe should now run water through the holes you drilled in step 1. If it is not, there are a few troubleshooting actions to try. First, your pipe holes could be clogged. This is where the PVC pipe cleaner and rag can be helpful. Second, your hose connection could be loose. Make sure the connection is tight and the flow regulator, if any, allows for the desired water flow.