How To Install Lawn Irrigation
Keep your grass healthy and green by installing a simple watering system.
An automatic watering system has become a viable way to give your lawn the water it needs without wastage.
The type of pop-up sprinklers you choose will depend on the flow rate of your local water supply, which can easily be calculated by timing water as it flows into a bucket.
You will also need to sketch a scale diagram of your lawn, including the position of larger trees, any shady or sunny areas and slopes where water may run off.
Fine-tune the system
When the system is set up, attach a timer and position small containers in different parts of the lawn.
Time how long it takes for the containers to fill up with water about 30 to 40mm deep and set the timer for this number of minutes.
Water penetrates clay soils more slowly than sandy soils so they should be watered at a slower rate to reduce runoff. The system should also be adjusted in winter when the lawn won’t need as much water.
Even for a small-scale project like this one, it’s essential to dial 1100 before you dig or visit 1100.com.au to locate any underground utilities.
Mark these on your diagram to prevent disasters like putting a shovel through a pipe or cable.
When the trenches have been backfilled, reseed the bare patches, or for running grasses you can just wait until they spread to cover the soil.
Add some turf fertiliser and water regularly, keeping weeds at bay so the grass has a chance to grow.