If you've just moved into a new house, then you may have some plans to develop a beautiful garden, one that makes you the talk of your neighbourhood. You may have to start from scratch, however, as the current yard is parched and dry. The first thing you need to do is plan your irrigation system. How should you start this task?

Getting a Plan

Firstly, know what you're dealing with. You have to map out your garden very precisely using some grid paper. Include all the flower beds, the lawn area, trees and any artificial elements you want to include. This will allow you to plan how many metres of product you will need for your irrigation.

The Pressure Is on

Next, you want to know what level of water pressure you have in your home. You can get a tool for this from your local home development store. Once you have an idea of the strength of the water pressure it will help you to choose how many sprinklers you need and what type they should be.

Working out Your Needs

If you've been able to work out how many spraying attachments you need, together with the total amount of flexible tubing, then you'll be able to purchase these from your irrigation supplier. You will need to know where you plan to plant your perennials, where you want to put your more sensitive plants and how much space you need for the grass lawn. You can set all of this out on the grid paper that you started off with.

Risers or Stakes

Some devices are easier than others to install. For example, you probably don't want to have a sprinkler that is attached to a permanent stake in the middle of your lawn. In this case, you would want a metal riser, so that the sprinkler only comes up when it's needed. However, you can put conventional sprinklers on stakes in the flower beds, as this is an easier task.


If you've got any particularly sensitive plants then you may want to go for a third option, which is to install individual drippers. For this, the pipe is generally elevated above ground and you will place holes at strategic intervals. Then you will attach the dripping valve with adapter close to the plant you want to service.

Getting Professional Help

If you want to get an entire system installed without having to worry about whether you're cutting the pipe correctly, or putting the components in the wrong places then you should ask an irrigation and landscape specialist to help you.