DIY Automated Drip Irrigation System For Raised Beds

If you want a step-change approach to your backyard garden, go ahead and build a DIY automated drip irrigation system for your raised beds. It’s so critical when you have to work late or want to spend a weekend away with your significant other or friends. I have used this system all around my suburban homestead for my backyard organic raised bed garden and landscaping. Give it a shot as you we not be disappointed!!

Review of Current Setup

Let’s take a quick look at my current setup all throughout my garden and landscaping on all sides of the house. I’ve used this approach to great benefit and sure takes the pressure off when you have to work late or on vacation.

Backyard Garden Irrigation Setup

I’ve got my entire backyard organic raised bed garden watered through my watering setup as seen below. I ran the Polyflex 3/4″ tubing underground from under my porch where the closest water faucet was located. That’s about a 25 feet distance. I installed a ball valve to enable the entire system to be turned off. It goes to a 4-way splitter going underground and pops up in each raised bed that I have. The water is controlled by a timer. It’s a great system and has never frozen nor failed me as yet. I’ve had this system for the raised bed garden in place for about 5 years now.

Backyard Garden Drip Irrigation Setup
PolyFlex 3/4″ Tubing
4-Way Splitter
Example of popping up in my Raised Beds

Example of popping up in my Raised Beds

Water to the Back Driveway (Temporary Setup)

The line you can see below running from my raised bed garden setup is a temporary tubing installation to get water to the back of the driveway where I have a couple of grape plants in containers. I also intend to move some more containers into that area of the yard so I definitely need a water source there. I will have to do something a little more permanent when we get closer to the first freeze, but this works for now.

Line going to the Back of the Driveway

Irrigation for North and Northwest Side of Landscaping

I have some landscaping on the North and Northwest side of my front yard. I have one line going from this faucet underground, below the fence, and have 3 pop-ups where I have some my soaker hoses connected to water those landscaping beds.

Automated Timer to deliver water to the North and Northwest landscaping.
Landscaping area on North side of the House

Existing Drip Irrigation Setup for the Landscaping on the South side of the House

My existing drip irrigation setup has a timer controlling the South side landscaping. The hose on the left connects up to my 75 feet hose. I am going to replace the timer and run a line to the Southwest landscaping area.

Existing Drip Irrigation Setup on South side of the House

These ground cover vines were not fun at all!!!

Path for New Tubing going to Southwest landscaping

Path for New Tubing going to Southwest landscaping

Remove Vines to put Tubing Underground

Removing the vines was the hardest part of the entire DIY. I had weed fabric cloth down the last time I mulched in here which was probably about 2 or 3 years ago. This required a lot of manual labor but also was able to use the hedge trimmer as well.

Separating the Vines from the Weed Fabric Cloth down below
Pulling up the Vines after using the Hedge Trimmer to cut it away.

Installing the New Timer and Tubing to the Front Landscaping

Hooking up the Water Hose to the Timer
3/4″ 90 deg Fitting
Cutting the 3/4″ Tubing to Fit on Timer
Positioning the Initial Hookup to the Timer (Straight down with a 90 deg fitting at the Bottom Underground)

I dug a trench in order to bury the tubing. It only needs to be a few inches as it’s buried next to the house so there will be some residual warmth helping to keep it from freezing.

Digging a Trench to Bury the Tubing

Digging a Trench to Bury the Tubing
Installing the Tubing where it 90’s to the North at the Corner of the House
Pressing a Fitting on the Tubing
Showing a Fitting which the Soaker Hose will Connect
Pressing another Fitting on the Tubing
And Other Fitting being Pressed On
Burying the Tubing out at the Front Landscaping
Placing the Soaker Hose around my Landscaping
Burying the Tubing leading to the West-most Landscaping area that we Just Added.

As usual, the timer setup seems to be more complicated than it should be but I got it all setup without too much hassle.

Setting the Time on the new Timer
Setting the Time on the new Timer
Setting up the Zones and when and how long to run the Timer.

All Done

The DIY Automated Irrigation For Raised Beds was a fun project to finally complete. It was one part of the landscaping that I didn’t have an automated drip irrigation system setup. Finally, I don’t have to worry about watering the Southwest side of the landscaping. This is a reasonably easy job but does require a little but of work to complete. Consider setting this up at your house to allow you a day, a weekend, or an extended vacation without worrying about who is going to water your garden or landscaping when you are gone! This is truly a game changer!!

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