I’ve finished installing my in-ground sprinkler system, which includes a lawn sprinkler and some pop-up garden misters.
It was a very easy job and only cost a couple hundred dollars. Each garden mister really too 2 minutes to dig, place and fill. The in ground sprinkler is also very easy. The hardest part was digging the trench for the feeder link to the sprinkler, but that wasn’t much work either.
- Digital Water Timer
- Irrigation header hose
- Compression ends/connectors
- PSI Regulator
- In-Ground lawn sprinker
- Garden misters
I purchased everything locally from LeeValley. Everything was off the shelf from this link:http://www.leevalley.com/en/Garden/page.aspx?cat=2,2280&p=49657
Except for the lawn sprinkler which I removed (unscrewed) the connector tube and just hooked it up directly to the system. http://www.leevalley.com/en/Garden/page.aspx?p=59746&cat=2,2280,33159&ap=1
The next step is to open up the water timer, solder some wires to the buttons and then allow control of the timer using an arduino. I think this will be a very cool mod because I can then use the internet to gain weather reports and use that data to determine watering. I can also take it a step further by adding say a moisture sensor to intelligently water my lawn. I actually think the water timer isn’t needed because we’re replacing the brains with an arduino, and instead a cheap water solenoid from Adafruit could be used. http://www.adafruit.com/products/997
Here is a video of me testing out the equipment before install. I also show the parts used.
Here’s some photos of the finished product