One of my neighbors loves her spring flower baskets.
Unfortunately, her husband is ill and she was worried that she could not keep her flowers watered this year she needed an easy gardening solution.
Now she has drip irrigation forever more.
Most people know us as “the nearly world famous” rubber mulch folks. Our products offer low maintenance solutions to mulch, weeding, and watering. My neighbor knows we love low maintenance landscape solutions so she asked me to help her keep her flower baskets and pots looking great without the daily watering hassle.
Here is the solution:
- Plant flowers and use soil moist. I won’t plant anything without it. What is soil moist? It is a soil additive that looks like granulated sugar. It holds numerous times it’s weight in water. It swells up and retains water at the root level keeping your plants hydrated. A small pinch will do and it is worth it’s weight in gold during hot summer months especially in hanging baskets that have a small amount of soil.
- Use drip irrigation. Simply buy some black poly hose and string it through the branches or bury underground. It is inexpensive and lasts for years. Once this Sycamore fills out no one will ever know the irrigation is from above!
3. Install little barb fittings to connect 1/4″ hose to the pot waterer. They come in many different forms. Short and tall watering spikes that shoot water out in a fan, as a drip, or with a little adjustable sprinkler head like these that can shoot out up to 3′.
4. Pick up a small battery powered timer that connects to a garden hose. You will need an adapter to go from your garden hose to the black poly pipe. The timer can be set to water any day or any time you like. Now you can maintain your busy lifestyle and come home to gorgeous flowers all season long!
This is project makes a great mother’s day gift or project to enjoy with your kids. I did 10 baskets for under $100 and it will be there for years to come.
Now you can make it rain anywhere you want anytime you want.
A few weeks have gone by and now you can see how the drip irrigation and some Osmocote have helped! Best thing is the owner has not done a bit of work!