How to Hide Sprinkler Valves

Permanent sprinklers are an easy way to water your garden, but the valves that control the sprinklers can be an eyesore.
You can hide these valves by creatively using landscape elements. Make sure the valves are always accessible while remaining hidden from site. Choose objects that are somewhat permanent so you don't have to address the issue each year. For example, plants that are green year-round are a better option than short-term annuals.

Step 1

Plant a small garden around the sprinkler valves. Use an attractive, low ground cover or mulch to keep the ground neat and free of weeds. Plant a tall, soft perennial plant in front of the valves. A non-woody plant will allow you to reach behind to use the valves. Try hostas, which grow, large green leaves that will hide valves easily. The leaves can be pulled aside while you access the valves.

Step 2

Design a rock garden around the sprinkle valves. Put a permanent mulch down to create the base for the garden, and cover it with gravel. Set larger rocks around the garden. Use a large, upright rock in front of the valve. Set the rock several feet in front of the valves, so you can see behind it and reach around it, but the valves will still be obscured from a distance. Plant a few plants into the rock garden for color.

Step 3

Use a structure to hide the valves, such as a large clay pot or flower box. For higher valves, try a bench, fence or dog house. Make sure you can easily access the valves without having to move heavy structures.

Things You Will Need

  • Perennial plants
  • Permanent mulch
  • Gravel
  • Large rocks
  • Clay pots or window boxes

About the Author

Shara JJ Cooper graduated with a bachelor's degree in journalism in 2000, and has worked professionally ever since. She has a passion for community journalism, but likes to mix it up by writing for a variety of publications. Cooper is the owner/editor of the Boundary Sentinel, a web-based newspaper.