If you have your own lush garden at home, it is a good idea to install an in-ground sprinkler system. This will ensure that your lawn and other plants receive a good amount of regular watering on a timely basis. If you have good do-it-yourself skills, you can install a sprinkler yourself during a free weekend.
The first thing you will have to do is to dig trenches in your garden. This will be where the system will be installed. Locate the pipe for the water source you will be using for the sprinkler and then mark the area for the trenches with stakes. Use a gas-powered trenching machine to dig holes of at least four inches to one foot.
Next, turn off the water line and cut into the main line to attach PVC piping for the sprinkler system. Use PVC cement to affix the pieces into place and thread a male PVC adapter into the tee that is installed on the main water line. You will also have to install the zone valve in a trench where it will connect from the main water line to the location of the valve box itself. Make sure to dig a hole of about 18 inches deep and two or three feet long at the end of this spot. Apply two inches of gravel and set the box inside, ensuring it's level with the grass. Connect all the wires necessary for the box as well.
Install the remainder of the piping in the trenches and connect it to the valve box. Turn the water off so that you can conclude installing the sprinklers.
Attach the pop-up sprinklers by fitting them at the end of the piping and remove the cap so that you can affix the spray nozzle at the end. The irrigation tubing can then be put into place and then secured in the ground with stakes. Cover this up as best you can.
Finally, you should connect the sprinkler to a timer. Follow all the instructions that came with the kit, or hire an electrician to do this part for you.