Sunday, August 15, 2010

Irrigation

For just over a year I have watered with soaker hoses - the rubberized hoses that have weep holes all over.  I got them on special and they must have been quite old then as they have rapidly deteriorated, and one section had a lot of areas that had been repaired with electrical tape.  Then it began to kink and break, so I knew something had to  be done.  I found some deep irrigation spikes on the clearance rack in Bunnings, our big hardware store down in Cairns, and snapped them up. 

I didn't have a very clear plan of what I was going to do, but figured that since I got the spikes regularly 10.00 a box for 2.00 a box, I was well on the way to creating a thrifty long lasting irrigation system.  While digging out the heleconias I had removed all the remaining weed mat (something I will never use again!) and also the broken pieces of soaker hose.  Thinking I needed to buy some irrigation pipe at some stage to join all the spikes together I sat down to work out what else was needed to get the system working.  Lo and behold I discovered it would work with some of the excess hoses my neighbour had given me!  Wow! 



 I poked holes in the ground and measured the distance to the next spike and then hubby would attach it and pass it back to me, and soon we had the hose snaking around and the spikes buried deep next to the bigger plants.  Watering right at the roots, just exactly what I needed! This system is designed  to flow from a  water tank - would I love one of those! - but I attach the hose to a joining T and it flows off in all directions and seems to be working perfectly.   I buried the hose under the paths where needed and once I add a layer of mulch you wont see the hose, so it will all seem to be working like magic! 

The soaker hose off to the the left of the tree still seems to be functioning OK, so it will be interesting to see the difference in watering systems on either side, since they will both be watered for the same amount of time.

3 comments:

  1. Sounds like a much better system than the old soaker hose ... I think even if they were brand new the soaker hoses still deteriorate quickly.

    I'm sure this new system will help those plants out during the drier times.

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  2. Looks good - those spikes should be really effective. I didn't know you could get them to set into a hose line - might check out if our Bunnings has them. Thanks

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  3. Bernie, well funnily the soaker hose works very well in the vegetable garden - maybe because they need water on the surface, rather than deeper. Yes I do like the plants to develop deep roots, so I think this system will do that.
    Missy, I will see if I still have the box and take a photo of that.

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