There is a Hose Pipe Ban how does that effect my system
If you operate using rainwater harvesting, river or stream abstraction or a borehole then you are not affected by a hosepipe ban and can continue irrigating your garden. We do however recommend reducing your water usage where you can by reducing system run times. If you are on mains water for your irrigation then you should switch off any zones that are sprinklers or micro sprays as they are not allowed. However drip systems may still be used for beds and pots.
I would like to have a new watering system installed, how do I go about this?
The process is very straightforward. Contact us with details of location and what you have in mind. We will send out one of our technicians to carry out a free survey. We will then design a bespoke system and send you a detailed fixed quotation for supply and installation. All work and materials are guaranteed for one year, excluding failures beyond our control, such as animal or frost damage.
I would like to install my own watering system, but I’m not sure the water supply will be sufficient There is a simple test to check your water supply for a domestic irrigation system. Measure the time taken to fill a 2 gallon (10 Litre) bucket. Less than 30 seconds is acceptable for most applications. There are other options if the supply is restricted, or for larger systems. Please call us for advice.
I need some spare parts and advice to repair our system myself, can you help? Willingly. Give us a call. Our very experienced Engineers can talk you through most controller issues and can help you with fault finding. We can match obsolete and old and current parts, most of the time from our extensive stock of spares. We often ask you to send a photo of the faulty part to help. Note that our website lists only a fraction of our spares stock. You will find a section on our website containing a library of downloadable manuals. You will also find attachments on the website, giving detailed product specifications for watering range and required water pressures.
Can you repair and maintain my existing watering system?
Yes. Our teams can fault find and repair all types of systems. We carry a wide range of spare parts, so can replace or upgrade as required. Please call us to discuss or arrange a visit.
Why use automatic watering for my garden?
There are many reasons to use automatic watering for your garden. The systems save time; freeing you up to do more important tasks round the garden. They save water (and money), as automatic systems are more efficient, they actually use less water than a hosepipe would. Even water distribution means more even plant growth so the garden looks better. When you are away, the system waters the plants, so you come back from your holiday to a lush green garden.
How often should I water the garden?
It is often better to water quite heavily, and then allow the soil to dry out between watering, rather than watering every day. A suggested regimen is to water 2 or 3 times a week for normal shrub beds and once or twice for the lawn. Obviously exceptionally warm weather may require additional watering. Note that hanging baskets and patio pots require watering every day as they rely on capillary action for water to reach the roots and the soil must remain damp at all times.
I have a narrow shrub bed I want to water, should I use drip pipe or micro sprinklers?
We recommend the use of micro sprays over drip except where the bed or planter is less than 50cm wide. Micro sprays provide a more even coverage for smaller plants and in dense planting areas. Micro sprays tend to provide more even watering of the whole root zone. If the bed is narrow (or a self contained planter) then a drip pipe may be better. Be warned that unless the soil has a high clay content the water will not spread out from a dripper pipe more than 10″ or so. In sandy soils this may be even less.
Can I add to my existing Micro Spray system?
It is usually possible to add directly to an existing system, especially if you are only adding one or two extra sprays. However many water supplies suffer from a low pressure and this leads to problems when adding to a system. The best method it to ascertain what the flow rate from the tap is and at what pressure and then divide in the flow for each micro spray. This will tell you how many sprays you can run at one time. In practice it is just as easy to add the sprays and if the pressure is too low to work the system properly, then split the system into two separate lines each with a timer (or zone from a controller).
Can I water the whole garden with just sprinklers in the lawn?
If you set the sprinklers to cover the beds and lawns in one go, then yes you can water the whole garden. However the amount of water and the frequency of watering is different for lawns and beds. Flowerbeds require more water, more often than lawns for optimum growth. The lawns can be kept green with less water (and less than optimum growth so less cutting the grass) with about half the water needed for the beds. We recommend a separate zone with pop-up sprinklers for the lawn and another for the beds with micro sprinklers (or drip pipe) But to keep it simple and reduce costs just stick with pop-ups and ‘make rain’.
I have a large garden of about 1.2 acres and our water pressure is very low as we live on a hill. What can you recommend to allow us to water the whole site?
The usual solution to this problem is to install a tank that can be filled slowly over the day and then pumped out over night to provide the necessary flow and pressure. Some people opt for a borehole supply but this depends on location and can be costly. To ascertain the best solution it would be better to contact us and talk to an advisor or arrange a site visit.