Given our wonderfully wet winter it’s highly unlikely many gardens have needed too much watering. However, a few warm days and we’re all out giving our plants a drink.

There is no doubt, long deep soaks are the best way to take water and nutrients slowly and steadily to the roots. Encouraging those roots to stay well below the surface keeping them moist and active even on hot days.

How you water is often a personal choice. You can hang on to a hose and take your time getting around the yard. However, if time is something you don’t have, then getting water to plants in a quick and water saving way is definitely something worth trying.

Drip irrigation has been around for many years. Long lines of poly pipe with drippers attached are common in many gardens.

If you are in the market to install drip irrigation or upgrade your existing one because it’s full of holes or is completely blocked, and dread the thought of having to work out what type of drippers and what fittings you need to get it up to speed, then have I got something special for you.

Improvements in water technology are always occurring and the latest is this beauty called Easy Drip. A new generation watering system developed in the UK by Hozelock, which is easy to install, easy to adapt and easy to adjust. I guess that’s why they called it Easy Drip!

Essentially it is one stop shop for creating a drip irrigation system. Easy Drip kits have all you need to get started. It can also link into your existing irrigation system which makes it extremely flexible.

There are 2 ranges. The Universal – which runs on 13 millimetre tubing, ideal for the small to medium gardens, borders and veggies gardens. While the Micro Kit has a smaller diameter pipe, brilliant for watering pots, hanging baskets and containers.

Each kit comes with excellent instructions, although it is pretty simple to put together. Expect to have your new watering system ready to go in about 15 minutes.

For general garden beds, the Universal kit is the way to go. Firstly, lay out the tube which you’ll find amazingly flexible compared to the traditional and kink prone poly pipe.
Run it along your existing plants.

Next install the drippers. If you are sick of drippers blowing off your watering system, then you are going to love these.

Firstly there is no need to pierce the tubing, these drippers do it all by themselves. Have a look at this. When you twist the dripper it pushes out a sharp barb that neatly inserts into the tube.

Attaching is simple, Position the dripper. Then twist the dripper until it is locked. The barb is now through the tubing and ready to pick up water.

You can adjust the flow of each dripper from 0 to 40 litres per hour which means you can successfully run both high and low water use plants on the same run.

Moving a dripper is also easy. Simply unwind the existing dripper, unlock and remove. Don’t worry about the hole left behind. This natty little device, which comes with your Easy Drip Universal Kit will do the trick. Just position the stopper over the hole and lock it on. No more drips!!

If you have pots then the Micro Kit is the one to go for. This runs off a smaller 7mm tube which is easy to disguise and delivers an excellent volume of water

Attach a dripper to the tube and clip onto the specially designed stake which also adjusts the watering angle. Now that’s clever.

For all those people wanting a smart and easy way to irrigate, then check out the new Easy Drip range at your local Mitre 10. It makes watering… so Easy!






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In the Garden is an exciting new local South Australian TV program on Channel 9 this Summer & next Autumn showcasing the best ‘green’ stories this state has to tell. Check out the latest in garden trends, new plants and top tips to keep those gardens blooming.