DIY Irrigation System for Under $150

Installing an irrigation system for our flowerbeds has been our top #diygarden priority this summer. We explored several irrigation systems, and we finally decided to give a soaker hose irrigation system a try. This system is great for people who are inconsistent with watering their flowerbeds (like us), the added bonus is this setup is super inexpensive and SO easy for a DIY installation.

An expert gardener once told me you must know yourself before you know how to garden. So wise and so true! We are far from being gardening experts. Even though we downsized our yard, life has been so busy for us that we knew a DIY irrigation system would be necessary to help us with upkeep. And who doesn’t love a beautiful, lush flowerbed?

DIY Irrigation System Photo of Watering Timer

Benefits Of Our DIY Irrigation System

  • Handsfree Watering: The way we’ve set ours up it is truly a “set it and forget it” irrigation system.
  • Reliable & Consistent: Our timer is set up so we never miss a day of watering, even when we’re on vacation!
  • Easy DIY Install: The hose system with easy-to-follow instructions is a win!
  • Invisible: Nothing is obvious or visible, the soaker hoses are hidden under topsoil and mulch.
  • Customizable: You can customize your irrigation system to fit your landscape size & shape.
  • Conserves Water: No overspray or water waste, water is delivered at the roots right where plants need it.
  • Timer Setup: We customized our system to water both sides of our front flower beds at varying times.
Watering timer close up
We run a hose under our porch to the second flower bed. Then stagger the watering schedule for 50 minutes, every other day (that equals around 1/4 of water). Affiliate links to specific products we used are at the bottom of this post.

Tips for Installing a DIY Irrigation System

The key to gardening bliss is when you set up a timer for a truly hands-free watering experience. Our timer is set up to water the beds every other day (50 minutes is around 1/4 inch of watering). We exposed the hose above ground for about a week to ensure the timer and hoses were all working properly. Once all systems were running smoothly, we buried the hose under a light coat of topsoil and secured them using ground staples. Then, we mulched overtop.

Here are the steps:

  1. Prep the Hose: Soften the hose by laying it in the warm sun. Untwist so it lays flat and is easier to work with
  2. Initial Layout: Begin laying hose near roots of existing shrubs or flowers.
  3. Lightly Secure: Use garden staples to secure the hose so it doesn’t move with you, these can be relocated later.
  4. Uphill vs. Downhill: When choosing a location, always place the soaker hose on the uphill or high side of slope so the water can naturally drip downhill and into the root system.
  5. Permanent Placement: Once you have your configuration in place, use a trowel to dig a shallow trench & place the hose in the trench. Re-secure the garden staples.
  6. Set Your Timer: Set it to run every other day for 50 minutes.
  7. Test: Let the hose run for a few days to ensure it is running on time and all plants are receiving water.
  8. Mulch: Once all systems are a “go” – mulch and enjoy!

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It feels so good knowing our plants won’t be neglected and we can continue adding more color and beauty to our #cottagegarden without worry.

Next, I’ll share our third-year journey with cottage gardening. I’ve added gardening to my list of favorite “workouts” and I’ve become a bit addicted! It’s hard work, but so worth it!

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  1. I did this a few years ago with new plantings of trees. It worked very well. The only downside was the hose to the soaker hose could not be hidden.

    1. Jeanette, DIY & Decorating Blogger says:

      Very nice! I was always a bit scared to try one of these systems, but it was much easier to install than we thought it would be, and it’s working like a charm!

  2. I am in need of a hands-free watering system. I live in Pennsylvania, so we are neighbors! Tell me, are you planning on lifting the hose for winter?

    1. Jeanette, DIY & Decorating Blogger says:

      Hello neighbor! Regarding our DIY irrigation system, everything I read is that these hoses drain on their own and there is little to no winterizing needed. At the faucet, however, you do as you would normally and turn off exterior faucets and ensure they are fully drained before winter.