Saturday, May 28

How To Incorporate Planters Into Your Sprinkler System

I love gardening.  I love planting flowers.  I got this from my Mom.  She is an amazing gardener.  But sometimes my gardening can get out of control.  I don't mind waking up 20 minutes early every morning in the summer to water my flowers.  However when I travel for work it is Hubby's job and he does not enjoy it as much as me.  Also when we go on vacation it is always a struggle to find neighbors to water while we are gone.  We are going to be taking a few longer vacations this summer so it was my Hubby's decision to incorporate all of my planters into the sprinkler system.  Now I can't deny how great this sounds - no more hand watering!

We added all of the planters to our drip zones in both the front and backyards.  The drip zone is the zone that waters your shrubs and probably some trees.  Our main lines from the sprinkler box are 1" diameter and for each planter we ran a line of 1/4" tubing off of the main line.  We just purchased a big roll of it from Home Depot. All you have to do is "punch" the main line with a drip line punch and tap the line with a small connector piece. All of the hardware stores around you that carry irrigation materials should have the little bits and pieces.  Here is what the punch and connector piece looks like.

Hole Punch and Barb Connector
Most planters will have a hole in the bottom for drainage.  That is where the tubing will come up through.  My first concern was that I already had some existing large planters with dirt in them that I just replace the top dirt with fresh soil each year when I plant.  I was afraid of having to remove all of the dirt.  I am glad to say we did not have to.  We got a thin metal rod and duck taped the end of a piece of tubing and pushed the metal rod through the hole on the bottom and all the way through the dirt until it comes out the other side of the dirt.

If you have an empty planter it is easy and you can just run the tubing while you fill the planter with dirt. You want to leave three feet of tubing at the top depending on how large your planter is.  Then we finished up by planting my flowers making sure the tubing stayed up out of the dirt.  Then you add the watering drippers to the line.  You can get them in different flow rates.  We had to change some out because we got too high of flow rates on the first ones.  These are 1/2 gallon per hour drippers.

In Series Dripper
You will also have to determine how many.  We have two in these planters.  They just fit into the tubing and run in a series.  Two pieces of tubing connect on either side.  Be careful you don't buy the kind that don't run in a series and 'cap' the end of the line - unless that's what you want.  Then you place the tubing around the planter with small stakes.

The very last step is to connect the tubing from the planter to the main line.  We found the nearest main line and uncovered the mulch to and from the planter.  We ran the line in the open space and pinned down the tubing if necessary with stakes. If you want you can fish the new line under the weed barrier; this sounded like too much work.

Once we got to the main line we punched the main line with the hole punch and used the 1/4" barb connector.  It snaps into the main line and then you push it into the tubing.

Then we covered up the line with mulch and were good to go.  Yea no hand watering!  Some things you will have to consider is your climate and how often and how much water the planters will need.  It gets really hot and dry here in the summer.  We can program our sprinkler system to have the drip zone water every day while the grass is watered every other day.  According to the Hubby you can attach these to your mainlines that water the grass as well.

Here are my front boxes with our drip system installed.  We found the drip zone mainline in the rocks nearby and ran a line to our front porch.

Now I can sleep in!  We are going to help my Mom with her garden.  It is amazing!  However she spends 45 minutes each day watering her garden.  That is dedication people!  I hope this helps the people who were interested in self watering planters.  Have a great Memorial Day weekend everyone.


  1. That is amazing! Nice work! We only have one small plot, but I would definitely love to do this someday!

  2. I LOVE to work in the yard & I love to plant. This is a great idea! My problem is I have so many pots on our patio's that I would have the tubing showing if I ran it to our system in the flower beds.

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