There might be a lot of snow falling across the United States this winter, but water usage will still be at a premium in most places once the winter ends. Droughts are expected to continue in many regions and many homeowners will struggle with ways to keep their lawns and gardens looking lush and healthy while limiting their water usage. One method you can use to conserve water while making sure your landscaping needs are still met is by installing an underground sprinkler system. Here is how you can place an underground sprinkler system in your yard.
You Will Need:
Call Utility Companies
Call your local utility companies so they can come out and mark the spots where their own pipes and conduits are under your lawn. If you dig without calling them first and cause damage to their property, you could end up facing expensive repair costs.
You will need to dig trenches to place the pipes and sprinkler heads. The easiest way to dig the trenches is by renting a vibratory plow. A vibratory plow allows you to gently remove the soil without doing undue damage to the lawn. You'll want to cut each trench at a 45 degree angle at a depth of 6 to 8 inches.
Install Valve Manifold
You will also need to dig an opening in the lawn to place the manifold. The manifold allows you to connect all the pipes together so the water reaches each sprinkler head. The valves of the manifold will be directly connected to a control board to regulate your water usage.
Lay the pipes along the side of the trenches and connect them all together. Then carefully place the pipes into the trenches and connect each line to the manifold. "Tee" connectors are placed along the pipes so you can connect the sprinkler heads to the system.
The sprinkler system can either be connected directly to the water main or you can connect it to an outside faucet. Turn on the water to blow out the pipes before you install the sprinkler heads. The water will force any dirt or debris that might have falling into the pipes while you were putting them together.
Install Sprinkler Heads
Screw the sprinkler heads into the tee connectors (the last sprinkler head on each water line is screwed into a 90 degree elbow connector to mark the end of the line).
Install control Board
You will need to install a control board (usually inside your home) where you can regulate how much water you use and to set the times when you'll do the watering.
Installing an underground sprinkler can take some time and effort. If you feel that this is beyond your capabilities, call a company specializing in underground sprinkler systems to come in and do the work for you.Share
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