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23 DIY Sprinkler Systems-Water Your Lawn With Ease

Installing a DIY sprinkler system will enable you to water your lawn with ease and have a beautiful green lawn. Having lush green grass is not the only benefit of automatic sprinkler system, there are many ways watering system will help your property.

The first thing a DIY sprinkler system will do is save you money. It will save you money up-front in the installation cost, plus it will save you money over the years as you water the lawn and landscape plants.

A lawn sprinkler system can be connected to a companion water meter and you will not be charged with the water usage. The green grass and thriving landscape will increase the curb appeal and value of your home. A green lawn and shrubs will also help to reduce the air temperature around your home in the summer and thereby reducing the air conditioning usage and lowering your utility bill.

A garden watering system will also put the water right where it’s needed most so there will be less evaporation and less waste of this precious natural resource.

Thirdly the sprinkler system will save your time by watering the lawn automatically without the use of hand watering.

Check out our round up of these 23 DIY sprinkler systems and find one that’s right for your landscape.

You may also like to see my other articles: diy drip irrigation system to save water and time.

1- DIY Pop-Up Sprinklers

Learn how to install pop-up sprinkler system like this one by This Old House with these easy-to-follow instructions. Pop-ups are invisible when not in use and won’t hinder mowing and other landscaping chores. This traditional watering system is easier to install than you may think.

Here are step by step instructions to make this diy pop-up sprinklers system.

  • Locate the water pipe buried under the ground, mark it and dig trenches with gas-powered trenching machine.
  • Turn off the water, cut the water pipe and attach pvc tee and elbow.
  • Dig a hole about 18 inches deep and 2 to 3 feet long to connect the main line to valve box.
  • Glue together the manifold and attach the zone valves.
  • Place underground wire and connect it with valve wires.
  • Lay the pvc pipe in the trench coming from valve box.
  • Connect each pipe coming from valve to trenches pipes.
  • Attach sprinkler to the end of each flexible pipe.
  • Lay out the drip irrigation tubing and secure it with plastic ground stakes.
  • Fix the timer on the wall and connect wires coming from valves.
Pop-Up Sprinklers
Image via: This Old House

2- Simple DIY Sprinkler System

If following pictures is a better way for you to be guided through a project, then these instructions are for you. Both words and corresponding pictures will guide you through an underground sprinkler system installation by  prettyhandygirl.

underground sprinkler system installation
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3- Large Landscape System

We recommend this sprinkle system to those who have a large landscape that includes grass, flowers and shrubs, then this is a good DIY sprinkler system by younghouselove good to consider.

It’s possible to have a large, thriving landscape without spending hours tending to it each week if you automate some of the maintenance needs, like watering the lawn. Keep the lawn well hydrating and the envy of your neighborhood with this easy to install irrigation system.

DIY sprinkler system
Image via: younghouselove

4- DIY Lawn Sprinkler System

This website will show you how to make a plan for a lawn sprinkler system by hgtv that is right for your landscape. The right placement of the lines and sprinkler heads are essential for your system to work at its optimum level.

lawn sprinkler system
Image via: hgtv

5- Right Flow Rate

A wealth of advice can be garnered from this valuable website. A DIY water sprinkler system by lowes is only as good as the flow rate of the water, and this website will show you how to check that vital statistic plus many others.

DIY water sprinkler system
Image via: lowes

6- Automated Sprinkler System

Create a series of garden irrigation and lawn irrigation systems like this one by instructables that can grow with your gardening endeavors with the instructions found on this website. By creating an automated DIY sprinkler system with garden hose connection, the water goes where you want it go, when you want it to go and the system is easy to remove and take with you should you sell your home.

Automated Sprinkler System
Image via: instructables

7- DIY Underground Irrigation System

The DIY installation process of an underground sprinkler system by popularmechanics is a big job, but it has a big payoff. No more wasted water or no more moving the sprinkler around. Just turn it on and forget it and watch your lawn become greener by the day. Renting a Ditch Witch will make the digging go easier and quicker.

Below are simple steps to make this underground sprinkler system.

  • Measure water pressure at an outdoor faucet with a simple pressure gauge.
  • Dig holes with machine and lay out main pvc pipe line and cable.
  • Assemble the zone valves and buried it under the ground.
  • Connect the cable wire and main line with downstream side of each valve.
  • Slide a crimp ring onto each pipe and insert the barb fitting.
  • Connect the sprinkler heads to the pipe.
  • Connect the ell to the sprinkler head with 3/8-in. swing pipe.
  • Back fill the hole 4 in and amp the soil with a rubber mallet.
  • Install a full-flow ball valve and reduced-pressure back flow preventer right after the ball valve.
  • Mount the timer and connect wires with it.
underground sprinkler system
Image via: popularmechanics

8- Garden Irrigation System

Keep your vegetable garden thriving and producing an abundance of vegetables with this easy-to-install system by bunnings.

Garden Irrigation System
Image via: bunnings

9- DIY Automated Sprinklers

In order to have a lush, green lawn, you have to water early in the morning and get the water go soak down deeply into the soil where the grass roots are located. This DIY lawn sprinkler system by lifehacker will do that for you on an automated timing system, so you’ll never forget to turn the sprinklers on, or off, again.

DIY Automated Sprinklers
Image via: lifehacker

10- Step by Step DIY Sprinkler Installation

Detailed, step by step instructions by sprinklerwarehouse will guide you through the DIY installation process so you can have a thriving lawn, vibrant flowers and producing vegetable garden even in the middle of a drought.

DIY installation process
Image via: sprinklerwarehouse

11- PVC Sprinkler System

Use these easy instructions to create a diy sprinkler system by thecraftyblogstalker from inexpensive PVC pipe. Perfect for use as lawn or garden sprinklers to keep your vegetation growing.

PVC Sprinkler System
Image via: thecraftyblogstalker

12- DIY Rain Bird Installation

Professional grade and designed for the homeowners to install themself, this website will walk you through the entire Rain Bird By rainbird installation process so you’ll never have to manually water your lawn or garden again.

DIY Rain Bird Installation
Image via: rainbird


13- Garden Irrigation System

More people have turned towards growing fresh food in a home garden so they can control what goes into their food and lower their grocery bill. However, if vegetable plants die due to lack of water, it can be a costly.

Keep your vegetable plants thriving with this easy to build garden irrigation system by budget101 that is created with PVC pipe. It’s inexpensive to build and will last for years.

Garden Irrigation System
Image via: budget101

14- Sprinkler For Odd Shaped Lawns

As we all know that not all lawns are square or oblong, many are odd shaped. Curves, angles, outside structure, etc., all help define the shape of the lawn and the actual area that needs to be watered.

If you have a lawn that has an odd shape, use these free plans to create a custom DIY lawn sprinkler like this one by instructables that will keep all those odd angles well hydrated.

Sprinkler For Odd Shaped Lawns
Image via: instructables

15- Greenhouse Sprinkler System

These free plans will provide you with step by step instructions on how to install a sprinkler system like this one by By  mikesbackyardnursery in a greenhouse. This system will also work for lawns and gardens.

Greenhouses make ideal growing environments for plants, but the plants still need regular watering. Make it easy on yourself and keep plants hydrated with this ingenious watering system.

Greenhouse Sprinkler System
Image via: mikesbackyardnursery

16- Simple Sprinkler System

This simple design is inexpensive to build and easy to install. This DIY sprinkler system by cnet will keep your lawn well watered automatically so you won’t have to spend hours each week hand-watering your landscape.

Re-claim your summer weekends from lawn duty and spend more time relaxing by installing this simple system that will keep the lawn, flowers and shrubs well hydrated. Your home’s curb appearance will increase while your stress level will decrease.

DIY sprinkler system
Image via: cnet

17- Kid Mister

This idea provides cooling fun for the kids and water the lawn at the same time. Many outdoor kid friendly venues have these kid misters to keep kids entertained and cooled (adults like them too!) while waiting in line.

These kids misters are so popular away from home, why not build one for use at home? These free and easy sprinkler plans by livedan330 will walk you through the easy and inexpensive building process. A kid mister will hydrate your lawn every time your kid presses the button to get misted.

The urinal flusher used as the water turn on will only allow the mister to run for a specified amount of time, so no worry about excess water usage with this design.

DIY Kid Mister Sprinkler System
Image via: livedan330

18- PVC Garden Sprinkler

Here is a great idea for keeping your backyard vegetable garden well watered and growing strong  all summer. The sprinklers can be made as tall or as short as needed for the type of vegetable plants that will be watered by them.

The simple design is effective and will minimize water loss by directing the water right where it is needed. Inexpensive PVC, a sprinkler head and water hose is most of the items you will need to construct this DIY sprinkler system by instructables. If you have used PVC pipes from another project, this is would a good way to recycle those pipes. This system will reduce your labor and your water bill, while helping your garden produce a bountiful harvest.

PVC Garden Sprinkler
Image via: instructables

19- Timer System

This is a massive system that is fully automated. Keep a large front, back and side yards well watered all summer long with this DIY sprinkler system by diylawnexpert.

No digging is required, all the components of this lawn sprinkler system will be on top of the ground. Even though the system is above ground, it is easy to move out of the way when it’s time to mow the lawn.

The timer system allows you to set it for the desired amount of run time and to turn itself on at the desired time of day or night. Setting the timer to turn the sprinkler system in the early morning hours before daylight will allow the lawn and plants to absorb more water and prevent evaporation. The same is true for running the system at night when then the outside air has cooled down.

DIY sprinkler system
Image via: diylawnexpert

20- Battery Power

Here are another set of plans for a timed DIY irrigation system by instructables, and this one gets it’s power from a battery instead of your home’s electricity.

Recycle an old computer battery to help create a timer for the watering system so the lawns, plants, and/or garden will receive water at the best times of day, even if you’re not at home to turn the system on.

DIY irrigation system
Image via: instructables

21- Water Sprinkler

We recommend this to you if you have a small yards or gardens, these instructions will show you how to create a small, portable water sprinkler that will deliver water right where it is needed. An aluminum tube, PVC pipe and a couple clamps is all you will need to fabricate this DIY water sprinkler by instructables.

These free plans have detailed pictures to go along with the written instructions so you can follow each step at your own pace.

DIY water sprinkler
Image via: instructables

22- Pop Up Sprinkler

Most homeowners love the pop up style of water sprinklers like this one by instructables, they are out of sight, out of the way and very easy to use. But we all know they are also very expensive. This idea will show you how to take some of the components of a pop up sprinkler system and create your own low cost pop up sprinkler system.

PVC pipe will be used as it is a durable, water proof material that can stand up to the outdoor elements for several years. Pop up spray heads in the size and amount you need for your landscape, along with a few other low cost components are the other elements of the DIY sprinkler system.

This design can be scaled to be as large or as small as you need, and can be created in a weekend.

Pop Up Sprinkler
Image via: instructables

23- Greener, Healthier Lawn

You are just six steps away from having a greener and healthier lawn like this one by lawnbeltusa and this website will guide you through those six short steps. Measure, test, draw, select, install and watch it grow


By building a DIY sprinkler system you can save on your utility bills, the right amount of water the landscape needs and save your time by automating the system. So these are some DIY sprinkler systems we have shared with you. You can select any of these DIY sprinkler systems you like the most.

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