Water conservation has become increasingly important, especially in California and other regions affected by drought. Rationing water usage can make it difficult to keep your outdoor plants healthy and properly watered. By converting existing outdoor planters into self-watering planters with reservoirs, you can ensure your plants receive proper nutrition without using excess water. Follow these simple steps for converting your existing outdoor planters into self-watering planters.
Installing a Self-Watering System
The actual installation of a self-watering system will vary based on the system that you purchase. Generally, self-watering systems have a central unit that controls the flow of water to your pots and planters. Hoses are connected to the unit and lead to your planters where drippers are inserted along the inside rim of your planter or window box. The drippers are usually adjustable to control the flow of water and the main unit is connected to an outdoor faucet – unless the unit has its own water reservoir. Most self-watering units come with stakes to secure the dripper in place. These self-watering drip systems work best with planters, window boxes, pots, and hanging baskets that are located near an outdoor faucet.
Choosing a Drip Watering System
There are several different options for converting your existing planters into a self-watering unit. First, you need to consider how many planters or pots you have and want to be part of the self-watering system.
If you have quite a few planters or plan on being away from home for an extended period of time, the Oasis Self Watering Kit allows you to keep up to 20 pots or planters watered. Program the unit to continue providing water on its own for up to 40 days. This is a great option for those that travel or are planning a major vacation. It features its own water reservoir and includes the tubing and drips that are inserted into your planters.
There are also a couple of simpler options for setting up a drip system and creating a self-watering unit. Our Basic Drip Kit is a great starter option. It includes everything that you need to quickly and easily setup a drip system. Connect the main unit to your faucet and use the housing and drippers to water several pots, planters, hanging baskets, or a large window box. Our Balcony Drip Kit is similar to the basic drip kit, except it includes a programmable water timer so that you can set a watering cycle ranging from 12 hours to 72 hours. It also comes with additional drippers and hoses.
All three of these options are easy to setup and offer you the freedom to focus on selecting the plants you want without requiring constant watering. In addition to setting up a self-watering system, make sure you have the right gardening tools to keep your plants pruned and trimmed. A self-watering system can work with any plants or flowers you have. They are easy to install and provide multiple options and water cycle settings.
As you can see, the process of converting your old planters into self-watering units is fairly easy. Now you can do your part to reduce your water usage while keeping your plants lively and healthy. Share this knowledge with others and look into other ways of conserving water. If you need additional information on self-watering planters, make sure you visit our website today.