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Watering a garden is a chore most of us dread each season. For me, dragging a 100-foot water hose around the yard always results in broken plant stalks. Plus, your risk of spreading plant diseases increases when watering overhead and wetting the entire plant. Not to mention all the excess water you waste that runs off target.

Drip irrigation solves these issues and many more. It allows you the freedom to go on vacation and work busy schedules without remembering to water, and it gives you pinpoint watering with no waste, which saves you money.

You can also add fertilizer to your crop with a drip system. And low-flow or drip irrigation encourages your plants to root deeper. With the water trickling out at a slow rate, it sinks into the soil deeper, and the plant roots will follow the life-giving water. This means you get a bigger, healthier plant.

Now, the big questions. How much does it cost? How do I install it with limited knowledge?

The cost of adding a drip system to your garden depends on its size. However, most home gardeners can install one for about $120. Not a bad investment for what you get back in time and growing stronger plants.

Installing drip irrigation in your garden could not be easier. All of the fittings are connected by hand-tightening or push locks. The tubing is cut with a box knife or scissors. The only tool you really need to buy is a $3 tubing punch.

How do you know what to buy? Go to to find a gallery of irrigation plans to fit any yard, farm or garden.

You will need a few things no matter what type or size of irrigation system you install.

The first thing is a battery-powered timer. Most hardware stores stock a few choices. Typically, they come in one valve or four valve. If you have a big garden or multiple flower beds you may want to have more than one valve.

Valves allow you to water different zones around the yard from one timer. The timer is also what turns…