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May the sea glisten like the greenstone
And may the glimmer of summer dance across your pathways

Thursday, July 08, 2010


Watering this irregular shaped garden has been a real problem. I was so tired of standing out there with a hose in hand, wetting down the garden, when I was really wanting to be doing something else, and of course relying on someone else to water the garden when we are out of town, can be very tiresome.

The soaker hose system did not work very well, as the garden is on an incline and there wasn't enough water pressure in the soaker hose to get to the garden on higher ground. Besides I don't like the look of the soaker hoses, which are on my to do list, to be removed from the garden.

You can see the incline, although it is steeper than the photo shows, and the hydrangeas and a couple of other plants up top, did not receive enough water.

While wandering the garden section in our local Walmart, I noticed a box containing a Rainscapes Watering System, Lawn watering kit.
Hmmm! I said to myself, that looks like something I may be able to use. I know it says lawn watering kit, but I see no reason why it wouldn't work in my problem area. I then read the description on the side of the box.

* Simple and ready to use in less than 5 minutes. (Perfect, no hassle with assembling it)
*Customized coverage area (better yet)
*keeps your lawn healthy - designed especially for small strip and odd-shaped areas (now we are talking!)
*metal spike base for stability (they think of everything)

4 Pattern spray head
30ft x 30ft
6ft x 15 ft
15ft x 30ft
6ft x 30 ft
Whoo hoo! This is just what I need, if I can't make this work, then I go back to square one, and start all over again.
The system comprises two 15ft hoses and three sprinkler heads with 4 dial in patterns. It was very easy to assemble, and I had it set up, dialed in and watering the garden in about 15 minutes. All I have to do now, is to install the timer, so the watering will be taken care of on a regular basis.
Ahhh! life is good.


Alison said...

This post came just in time. I was just contemplating going to the store tomorrow to buy soaker hoses, or some kind of watering system. Now I know just what to look for! Thanks!

Tracy said...

How cool! I need to get to Walmart. We use a sprinkler so have to move it all around to get everything. We tried soaker hoses two years ago... and that was the last year we had them. I didn't like those at all. Thanks so much for posting your discovery!

Rosey said...

This looks much better than your soaker hose system. I hope it is successful. Watering is a lot of work and anything to make is easier is ok in my book.

Muddy Boot Dreams said...

Ah watering, the bane of this gardeners life.

What a great setup you have found. Perfect, and now you won't need to worry when you go away.


Laura said...

Ah the joys of a self watering garden! I hope your dreams come true!

Corner Gardener Sue said...

I have some soaker hoses I keep forgetting to put around. Let us know how your new system works.

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Hmmm...I think i also need soaker hose for my garden, Anyway, thanks for sharing this post. I enjoyed reading it. Keep posting.