Landscaping Irrigation the Cheap Way

3 Materials
1 Hour

Since we've moved in, we've planted multiple new trees and shrubs around our home, and I quickly learned how expensive landscaping can be! After pouring all that money into our plants, I made sure my butt was out there watering them every day, but that got really old, really quickly. My husband wants real irrigation eventually, but in the meantime, we needed to find another solution - that led to this - irrigation the cheap way!

What You'll Need:

Water timer

Hose splitter

Soaker hose(s)

Garden hose

You can find all the products I used linked here

Incase you've never heard of a "soaker hose", it is just a hose with tiny holes in it, that allows water to slowly drip out. You wrap it around the base of your plants, and it slowly provides them with water! Easy peasy :)

Also, depending on which water timer you get, and how far your spigot is from your plants, you may need to adjust your layout of things, but here is how we did it:

Step 1: Set up your soaker hoses

First, we wrapped the base of each plant with the soaker hoses. We circled around each plant twice. After some trial and error we found it easiest to start at the plant furthest from the spigot, and work backwards.

Step 2: Connect soaker hoses to hose splitter

We ended (or started) all of our soaker hoses in one spot, so we could then connect them all to a hose splitter. Based on your water timer, you may not need a hose splitter - I've seen some that have multiple output ports which is a good option too.

Step 3: Connect hose splitter to hose/water timer

Because our planter was far from our spigot, we then connected the hose splitter to a solid garden hose. That hose then met the water timer and spigot.

Step 4: Set your water timer

Finally, we set our water timer. We programmed the time of watering, and the frequency and duration of waterings. Then just make sure to open the tap on the spigot, and you are good to go! We did watch the first few waterings and adjusted the duration/frequency as needed.

No more standing outside with a hose! Also now we don't have to worry about our plants when we go away on vacation. You can bury the soaker hoses with mulch to hide them, like we did here. We have even used this system, hooked up to sprinklers (instead of soaker hoses) to help water our vegetable garden, and our newly planted grass. It's a great, cheap way to keep those plans alive!

You can find all the products I used linked here

Suggested materials:

  • Soaker hose
  • Water timer
  • Garden Hose

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  • William William on Jun 27, 2021

    Soaker hoses are great. They direct the water only where they're laid out. No wasting of water. Timer is a plus but a moisture sensor to shut the timer off when there is rain would help.

  • Aimee Aimee on Jun 28, 2021

    This is great! Thanks for sharing.