Installing Irrigation Pipe in Your Yard

What You'll Need
Trenching tool or shovel
Elbows and end caps
Pipe Ts
PVC pipe, 1-inch diameter
Pipe glue or pipe cement

If you are thinking of installing an irrigation pipe in your yard, you are making a wise decision. Installing an irrigation system helps grow healthy grass. These help to prevent weeds because when the grass is healthy, it is harder for the weeds to survive. Irrigation systems are also a cost efficient use of water. It is not as hard as you think to install irrigation pipe and sprinklers yourself. Surprisingly, it does not require many tools to do the installation. Below is an overview of the materials and the steps you will need to take to install a sprinkler system in your yard.

Step 1: Plan

Use a measuring tape and measure your yard. This is so you can figure out how many sprinkler rows and heads you will need.  Use your measurements to find the area of the yard. Next, divide the area of the yard by the area each individual sprinkler head can cover. You will need to find out some information about the water pressure in your home to figure out if you can support an irrigation system with your current water supply. You may need to use a smaller pipe if you have low water pressure.

Now, decide what type of sprinkler heads you want to use. Figure out if you need a control box, in order to water your yard in sections. Also, figure out how you want to place your sprinklers, and draw your plans. Once done, head to your local home improvement store to buy your supplies.

Step 2: Prepare the Installation Site

Moisten the ground in the area where your will lay your irrigation pipe. Do not over soak the ground. Use your shovel or trenching tool to dig a trench no less than 6 inches deep, starting at your water source. Level the bottom of the trench by tamping down on it with your shovel.

Step 3: Install the Irrigation Pipe and Sprinklers

Cut the PVC pipe to your desired length with the hacksaw. Install any control valves if you are using a control box. Glue your sprinklers into place on the pipe using the pipe Ts. Let dry. Make sure to turn off your water source, then install your main valve and attach it to your water line.  Now, install the timer and the sprinkler valve controller if you are using one. And then, attach the feed pipe from the water source or valve box. Now, it’s time to lay your irrigation pipe into your trench.

Test for leaks by turning your water source on and letting it flow through the irrigation system you have just built. You are looking for leaks and to make sure the pressure, water distribution, and water flow are good. As long as everything is working well, cover the pipes and sprinklers with the dirt you dug out to make the trenches and tamp it down well. You may want to cover the spots you dug up with sod, or spread some grass seed.

Now you can sit back and enjoy the knowledge that the irrigation pipes and sprinklers are going to be taking care of keeping your yard watered and healthy.