Friday, June 8, 2007
I know, there are situations that warrant the use of these unsightly bags- remote locations which a garden hose or irrigation network does not reach. BUT...Somebody has to remember to manually fill them. Somebody has to physically transport 5, 10, or 15 gallons of water to that bag and fill it up at least once a week. Water is very heavy, and how realistic is that? The bags, expensive as they are, seem to be somewhat effective for the intended use of irrigation, but they do provide a harbor for moisture and insects which may promote fungus or diseases.
A better solution? Invest in several hundred feet of garden hose or irrigation tubing. Lay it in the grass or bury it under the turf and put a Trickle Ring around each tree with its own adjustable-flow "Y" connector. Simple. Once the tree gets larger and has a good root system established, after 2 years of growth, remove the rings. A network such as this could extend down the entire length of a long drive way, irrigating trees spaced at regular intervals for several hundred feet. Simple, effective, less expensive, and "invisible".
Several days later...
"Look, Honey, what a beautiful new home! And what a gorgeous line of trees along the driveway! Its been SO DRY, how DO they keep them looking so HEALTHY?"
They just HAVE to be using those TRICKLE RINGS!"
Friday, April 20, 2007
This is an example of a raised garden vegetable bed using Trickle Rings to irrigate specific areas.
1. The rings, with drip holes facing downward, will be placed on top of permeable landscaping fabric. This will keep weeds from growing in the compost and help the planting medium retain moisture.
2. Holes will be cut through the fabric so vegetable seedlings or seeds may be planted within the rings or near them for desired spacing.
3. Each Trickle Ring is connected to the main supply hose using an adjustable "Y" connector. The water supply is adjusted to deliver a slow trickle to each ring.
4. Once vegetables are planted and the water supply has been adjusted as desired, the bed can be covered with a layer of mulch. This will reduce moisture loss and protect the fabric from degrading from the sun light.
5. The water supply will be connected to a battery operated timer to water the garden for 30 minutes every morning.
Advantages of this type of irrigation:
* Water is directed to the root perimeter of the plants.
* Water used for irrigation does not touch the leaves of the plants. Plants take in water through the roots. Wetting the leaves invites fungus, disease, and insects.
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