Product Type: Hozelock Garden Irrigation
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Hozelock Micro Irrigation System
Member Name: peregrin23
Hozelock Micro Irrigation System
Advantages: Saves masses of time.
Disadvantages: Bit pricey to start off with.
We purchased the Hoselock watering system because most of our plants were in the back garden and the outside water tap was in the front garden and we were fed up of dragging the hose pipe first to the front and then all the way around to the back of the house.
I'm very glad that when we made the first outlay, that it was on special offer AND on a 10% off weekend at Homebase as it can get a bit pricey if you go the whole hog, as we did, and do the whole garden. But what an wonderful investment.
We connected a fourway gang of outlets to the outside tap from which one hosepipe (on a timer switch) went to the back garden, one hosepipe (on another timer switch) went to the front garden, which left one outlet for a hosepipe for car washing etc and another outlet for watering cans or anything else, so that we didn't have to disconnect anything all summer.
The system works by taking the water around the garden in thick pipes off which you can take as many small pipes as you wish, (the number of small pipes used does depend on the water pressure at your house). We found that, because of the water pressure, we had to do the front and back garden separately, hence the two outlets and two timers.
We ran the large black pipe along the front of the house, under the gutter and took off a small pipe to each of the hanging baskets. At the end of the gutter, we inserted a tap. Which meant we could turn that off and the baskets would keep being watered (they were under a porch) whilst the rest of the front garden was not ( in periods of wet weather). The front garden itself was dealt with by using two different types of sprinklers, one was a rotary sprinkler which we placed about two feet off the ground and that did one side of the front path, the other was a 180 degree sprinkler which did the other side of the path but was placed so that anyone could walk up the path without getting wet.
The back garden was more complicated and we had to split the large black pipe three ways, one along the back of the house to do our tomatoes, again this had a tap in the pipe so that we could isolate when tomatoes were not growing, then there were two other pipes one at the front of the garden and one running along the back.
It is quite easy to install around corners and up walls etc because they make right angled joiners, 't' junction joiners, clips to hold the pipe to hard surfaces, there are spikes to hold up the thin pipes from the ground.
To attach the thin pipes to the thick pipes a piercing tool is provided. If you do a lot in one go your hand can get a bit sore, unless you have tough skin. Once a hole is made a tiny rigid joiner is inserted into the end of the thin pipe and into the hole in the big pipe. If at a later stage to wish to reposition the thin pipe, the thin pipe can be pulled out and a little 'bung' inserted into the hole.
We used a variety of different nozzles. There are sprays available that do 45, 90, 180, 360 degress, some that have several holes in and can be adjusted by screwing open / closed so that it can be a dribble or rather like 6-8 little fountain jets. They can be set depending on how long the timer is running and how large the plant / area is that you want them to water. We found that quite a large area could be covered by mounting 180 degree sprays up on garden canes. It only needs to be on for 5-10 minutes.
In the winter it is advisable to store in the garage, or shed, the four way outlet and the timer (good idea to remove the battery from the timer), as they are made of rigid plastic and will get brittle with frosts and also may have water inside which might freeze and cause damage. Also at the end of each pipe run, the water is prevented from running out by an end clip. It is a good idea to remove these also, to ensure that no water is left in the system which could expand on freezing and split the pipes.
Having the timers was very useful because we could set the front and back garden to water, at slightly different times, when it was dark, so other people had finished watering and the water pressure was back up. It freed up our evenings and we didn't have to get anyone to water when we were on holiday. We had a problem with one of our timers and Hoselock readily replaced it.
I have to admit that when we moved house recently, we dismantled the whole system and brought it with us, because we have an even larger garden here with vegetable plot as well. What better recommendation can I give than that. However, you will probably find that if you want to use a system like this you will need to be on a water meter. We had a meter in both houses and it has not worked out to be extortionate. Although in the new hosue we are going to try to set up a system of rain-water barrels set up high, to create pressure and try to hook the system up to them, with mains water as back up.
Summary: Very good investment
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