Installing Drip Irrigation

installing-drip-irrigationDrip irrigation is an excellent choice for watering trees, shrubs and garden beds because it delivers water to precisely where it is needed. Plus, drip irrigation’s precise water delivery cuts the cost on your water bill by reducing water waste.

Installing drip irrigation systems is easy and Friedman’s Home Improvement can provide you with kits and components that will be just right for your garden, container pots, landscaping, green walkways, window gardens and hanging pots. Drip applies water to the root zone of the plant at low pressure and low volume (in gallons per hour), making efficient use of water. Because water is applied by slow drips, no water should be wasted to runoff or evaporation.

Drip irrigation systems are easy to maintain as well. A drip system can connect to a hose end or have a permanent connection to your main water source and operate by an automatic controller.

Here is a summary of the steps to install your drip irrigation system:

Step 1: Prepare the soil. Compacted soils will need to be loosened by plowing to a depth of 8-12 inches. Mix in ample organic compost if your soil is too sandy or clayey.
Step 2: Grade your yard for proper drainage.
Step 3: Install the irrigation system.
Step 4: Install any hardscape such as sidewalks, patios, decks, retaining walls, fences and arbors (This is done after the irrigation system because irrigation supply lines may have to be run under these structures).
Step 5: Plant the plants and apply a 3-4 inch layer of mulch.

If you have any questions about installing your drip irrigation system, or need replacement parts, visit us at Friedman’s online or at one of our Santa Rosa, Sonoma, or Ukiah stores. Friedman’s Home Improvement, where you’ll get the lowest price and local advice.

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