wikiHow to Set up an Inexpensive Irrigation System

Are you looking to maintain a lovely garden, but you're not sure when, or how much to water? Or perhaps you just forget to water, and all your hard work wilts or dies? Here is a simple and relatively inexpensive way to solve your watering dilemma.


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    Purchase a faucet hose timer. These items can be bought for as little as USD $15.
  2. 2
    Put in fresh batteries at the beginning of each growing season.
  3. 3
    Attach the timer to an outdoor spigot.
  4. 4
    Attach your feeder hose to the timer.
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    At the end of your feeder hose, attach a hose manifold or multiple line splitters to accommodate the number of soaker hoses or sprinkler heads you need.
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    Test your set up by turning the faucet on, turning the timer on, and checking to be sure water is coming out where you need it to.
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    Adjust the stop valves as necessary to regulate the flow of water.
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    Set the timer. The inexpensive ones give you several options such as half an hour twice a day, or an hour once a day, etc. The expensive ones allow you to be much more precise in when and how long you are watering.
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    Observe the next few days of watering cycles to be certain everything is working as planned.
    • Note:If using sprinkler heads, you can use the method described in How to Calibrate Your Sprinklers to make sure your plants are getting the right amount of water.
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    Relax, knowing you can leave for extended periods of time without worrying about whether your plants will be alive when you return.


  • Some people use "regular" garden hose with nail holes at intervals in lieu of a soaker hose. This works fairly well for a long row of bushes, for example, with holes poked in the hose only at the base of each successive bush.
  • Mulch over top of a hose.
    A soaker hose can be placed under mulch for even better water utilization and savings.

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