10 Tips and Tricks to Consider When Installing Subsurface Irrigation
Thinking about installing an irrigation system in your lawn and garden? Consider the following tips and tricks when installing subsurface irrigation yourself.
Tip One: Water your lawn well the day before. This will make the lawn moist and easy to dig out.
Tip Two: Print out an example layout diagram and have it handy when installing (see image below).
Tip Three: Use a string line or spray marking paint to mark out trench layout.
Tip Four: Place plastic sheeting down to load soil onto while digging. This will protect the grass around the trench and make it easier to replace the soil and grass.
Tip Five: Use a trenching shovel to remove the soil and grass together. This will make it easier to put back into the trench later.
Tip Six: Adding a handful of gypsum every 1.0m will help the water spread in the soil (optional).
Tip Seven: Start back-filling the trenches with soil from the tap end and then replace the turf.
Tip Eight: When filling the trench compact the soil and grass firmly and water the grass well to help it sit into the soil.
Tip Nine: Use liquid fertilizer and overhead watering for a few days after to help heal the damage.
Tip Ten: Consider adding a battery powered timer to your tap to set watering schedules. This minimises water wastage but maximises growth.