|Hole Punch and Barb Connector|
If you have an empty planter it is easy and you can just run the tubing while you fill the planter with dirt. You want to leave three feet of tubing at the top depending on how large your planter is. Then we finished up by planting my flowers making sure the tubing stayed up out of the dirt. Then you add the watering drippers to the line. You can get them in different flow rates. We had to change some out because we got too high of flow rates on the first ones. These are 1/2 gallon per hour drippers.
|In Series Dripper|
The very last step is to connect the tubing from the planter to the main line. We found the nearest main line and uncovered the mulch to and from the planter. We ran the line in the open space and pinned down the tubing if necessary with stakes. If you want you can fish the new line under the weed barrier; this sounded like too much work.
Once we got to the main line we punched the main line with the hole punch and used the 1/4" barb connector. It snaps into the main line and then you push it into the tubing.
Then we covered up the line with mulch and were good to go. Yea no hand watering! Some things you will have to consider is your climate and how often and how much water the planters will need. It gets really hot and dry here in the summer. We can program our sprinkler system to have the drip zone water every day while the grass is watered every other day. According to the Hubby you can attach these to your mainlines that water the grass as well.
Here are my front boxes with our drip system installed. We found the drip zone mainline in the rocks nearby and ran a line to our front porch.
Now I can sleep in! We are going to help my Mom with her garden. It is amazing! However she spends 45 minutes each day watering her garden. That is dedication people! I hope this helps the people who were interested in self watering planters. Have a great Memorial Day weekend everyone.