How To Plan A Garden Irrigation System

All landscapers need an irrigation system to fulfill the watering requirements of any landscape or garden. Every landscape has different irrigation requirements. Therefore, landscapers need to research before planning an irrigation system for any garden or landscape.

 There are many factors that landscapers must consider while planning and irrigation system for a garden. Let us dive deeper into planning an irrigation system for any landscape.

Take accurate measurements


Landscapers need to take accurate measurements of a garden, including the pathways, boundaries, and flower beds. Also, it is essential to consider the location of planters, pots, and retaining walls. The purpose of taking measurements of these elements is to understand the amount of pipework required for irrigation. Moreover, you can know the exact length of pipes to create the irrigation system in a garden.

Draw a map of the garden

A landscaper should measure the garden and draw a map for the same. Note the measurements on a graph or grid paper. Include the house or property in which the garden is located. Also, draw the pathways, sheds, greenhouses, flowerbeds, and any other structure present in the landscape. More the information you include on the map, it is easier to plan the irrigation system.

Landscapers need to take care of the measurements while drawing a map of any garden. For example, a flower bed is 6 meters long and 2 meters wide. You should draw it 6 centimeters long and 2 centimeters wide on graph paper. It means an area of 12-meter square flower beds should be 12 centimeter square on the graph.

Plot the pipework

For optimal flow, landscapers need to connect the sprinklers in the shortest chain as the pressure reduces when water passes through an opening. Landscaper needs to take the help of an experienced plumber to connect the sprinklers and piper in the best way.

Check the flow rate of water

Flow rate determines how many popups, drippers, and sprinklers you need in a garden. Moreover, you can figure out the types of drippers and sprinklers required for irrigation. It is best to use a flow meter to measure the flow rate. It will help you to buy the right amount and type of drippers, hoses, and sprinkler systems for a garden. Usually, people need irrigation for their gardens in the morning or evening. As water pressure may fluctuate, so it is best to measure the flow at the time when you need irrigation.

Pick the right sprinklers


After determining the type of sprinklers and drippers, landscaper needs to get them from an irrigation store. The sprinklers come with the nozzles fixed at various angles as well as adjustable nozzles. Landscapers can pick the right type of sprinklers according to the type of plants, and area that needs irrigation. For example, the sprinklers and drippers to water the shrubs are different from that required to water the grass in a lawn.

Install the system 

The next step is to install the irrigation equipment according to the layout on the graph. Landscapers need to coordinate with a plumber to get the equipment installed in the right way. It is best for landscapers to explain the entire irrigation plan to the plumber in detail before beginning the installation.

Test the irrigation system

After the installation of the irrigation equipment, you need to test the system. Testing the system is essential to check whether it is working properly or not. Landscapers should advise the homeowners to invest in high-quality irrigation equipment.

Final words

These are the steps to plan a garden irrigation system. Landscapers and homeowners can use these steps to plan an irrigation system for any landscape. Following these steps with accuracy can help the landscapers to plan and install an irrigation system for any garden.