7 pitfalls when installing a sprinkler system

Watering plants is not that hard.
Gardeners who know their plants know exactly how much water the plant needs. It gets a bit trickier when a sprinkler system takes over this job
In this case, many annoying irrigation mistakes begin at the planning stage.

But here we are to help you avoid these costly mistakes!

Pitfall 1: not enough water (supply)

Many people assume that tap pressure plays a major role in the installation of a watering system. When installing a watering system, the amount of water per unit time is important, not tap pressure. High pressure at the tap usually occurs with very thin supply lines. The water gets highly compressed and is under high pressure.

If you turn on the tap and let it run for a few seconds, you will find that it takes forever to fill a watering can.

For a properly functioning watering system, you need at least 1,500 liters of water every hour.

Pitfall 2: No quality (branded) products

The most expensive part of the watering system is the installation. The price difference between cheap parts from Wish and reliable, professional parts is not that big.

A saving of two to three hundred euros on the total purchase price can lead to the system not working properly in the long run.

The standard pipes from the hardware store have a thickness of 2 mm, which in the long run will literally be flattened by the soil and will then conduct much less water.

The result is that the pipes have to be replaced, which is, of course, very annoying. Especially if the pipes lie under pavement or beautiful flowerbeds.

To avoid unpleasant surprises when installing sprinklers, it is advisable to make sure that the parts come from reputable companies. If only because they often come with a long-term guarantee.

Pitfall 3: The water contains too much chalk and damages adjacent areas

To avoid this problem, it is important to pay attention to two things: the quality of the water and the adjustment of the sprinklers.

For particularly sensitive surfaces, it makes sense to use “flat spray rotary sprinklers” that spray away from the surface.

Pitfall 4: You are not watering the whole garden

Watering the area adjacent to the connection is not a problem.

The lawn on the other side of the driveway is a little trickier.

But if you decide to install a watering system, it should be for the whole garden.

What benefit is there in having a good system if you still have to lug around watering cans or install sprinklers with a jumble of garden hoses?

Pitfall 5: The standard pipes are too thin

The water pressure decreases sharply in long underground pipes, which means that the further the sprinklers are from the valve box, the larger the cross-section should be.

For a home garden, the standard pipes should have a diameter of at least 1″ or 32 mm.

Pitfall 6: The watering system cannot be adjusted with millimetre precision

Especially when watering flower beds, it is important that individual plants are watered according to their needs and soil conditions. This is best achieved with different watering circuits that can be switched separately.

An overly rough planning of watering the beds will later lead to frustration and over- or under-watering of your plants.

Ideally, the system should be flexible enough for you to adjust it later. Therefore, you should not skimp on the number of watering circuits.

Pitfall 7: Too few sprinklers on the lawn

This is a similar problem to point six.

If you put not enough sprinklers in the lawn, operate them with a minimum amount of water and you can’ t add more sprinklers, this will lead to big frustration and an uneven watering of the lawn.

A watering system can save money and increase garden enjoyment, but if installed incorrectly, it can also cause frustration and annoyance.

Make sure that the installation is thought out/planned and carried out by a specialist or expert.

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