It’s true. Yesterday morning, I woke up to the sound of the loveliest light misty rain. Have you ever heard misty rain? I didn’t think so. I’ll explain as we move through today’s pictures of what’s barely blooming here in The Land of Making Do. Hah!
Did you notice my lack of What’s Blooming Wednesday posts since the end of August? It’s called a drought. And, are you sick of dragging water hoses around? I am!
Remember this area with the bright red Cockscomb?
It eventually blocked the walkway completely.
That is, until I chopped it all down last week. I severely trimmed the Knock-outs along the house wall, too.
HH kindly trimmed the bushes along the front of the house early last week. He began talking about installing a sprinkler system. Huh? (Yes, that got my attention.)
After he explained where he needed to go with the lines, I was motivated to whack it all away – quickly before he changed his mind.
When he later joined me outside to begin his digging, I mentioned two trees that needed to go. Chop-chop! They were down in no time!
The beautiful purple-bloomed Vitex Chaste leaned over the walkway since our 2011 tornado. Yay, it’s gone!
I should break here for a minute and explain the easily installed sprinkler system. It’s called Micro Sprinkler Lawn Irrigation.
Start by installing the timer to a nearby water faucet.
Then run the half-inch plastic line with connectors at any corners. (Stretch out the line in the sun to relax it.)
Get plenty of sprinkler steaks – and the punch tool (not pictured).
The line magically makes a tight seal around the punch point. This smaller line extends about 18 inches from the ground stake. The narrowing of line increases the water pressure for a better spray.
Interchangeable mister tips spray at options from 90 degrees up to full circle.
Attachable risers lift the misters higher to get better reach.
This farthest location on the back side of the house sprays this one small area nicely. (Our few lonely blooms for this week are on this French Tarragon plant. It smells heavenly!)
At the back corner, this mister doesn’t spray far enough to reach the stepping-stones, so we plan to add a riser there. It’s the one at the lower left blue arrow. The other blue arrow is a circular mister that covers ten feet. It’s awesome!
The yellow arrows are the stumps from the cut trees. I plan to plant some small bushes just inside the walkway after the stumps are dug out.
From the corner, the line runs to the faucet behind the Knock-outs. See the sprinkler head misting there to the left?
Here it is from another angle. You can also see the timer here beside the hose reel.
There’s another line that comes straight out from the house to this circular mister.
The main line runs around to the front of the house to just beside the front steps. Here’s the line spread out in the shallow trench. After staking the misters and punching the tiny hose into the line, you can cover with dirt and mulch.
By the way, there are stakes that hold it securely to the ground.
It really is very basic and easy, as well as inexpensive. I hope it holds up, especially against Winston the digger.
This video demonstrates the general idea. (Our hose doesn’t weep – theirs does.) Several brands are available – all are interchangeable.
So that covers the rain on one side of the house. Next, we need to dig out these cast iron plants to make room for the line there. (Not looking forward to that!)
What are the temps at your house? Is it digging weather there?