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Gardener’s Best Friend Part II

June 7, 2010

In case you are considering hose-bibb timers and/or drip systems, here’s a few basic tips. I hope this makes the decision-making process easier.

Benefits of hose-bibb timers:

  1. Consistent watering on a regular schedule
  2. Acts as a babysitter while you’re away
  3. Saves time and labor
  4. Saves water
  5. Saves energy

How to choose hose-bibb timers:

  1. Decide which of the following timer best fits your needs and schedule:  a) mechanical battery you manually with each use; b) battery-operated system set to turn on and off automatically. Both attach to either a hose bibb or a hose-bibb Y-connector.
  2. Decide if you want a model that controls one circuit or multiple circuits with different schedule settings for each.
  3. Choose a battery-operated system with a “low battery” indicator.
  4. Determine if you want a system that offers settings for:  a) multiple-day intervals; b) several times a day; c) specific weekdays or d) all three.
  5. Do your research and choose a system that is affordable, simple to understand and to operate.

Benefits of drip systems:

  1. Reduces water use, runoff, and evaporation waste
  2. Less weeds beyond watered area
  3. Limits overhead spray on foliage
  4. Water is aimed at plant’s roots
  5. Allows for slow, deep watering less often

Note:  Weeping soaker hoses don’t last. The last time I tried one, it worked for only six water cycles! Many master gardeners recommend drip tape, available on-line or at your local irrigation supplier. Copyright © 2010 Dianne Marie Andre

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