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Hedge irrigation kit / leaky hose good idea?

Questions RE hedge irrigation kits.

Do they work and if so what brand do you use?

Am adding long 30 meter hedge to garden rows spaced out quite far (to get around stumps) so am assuming I would need 60 meters in total.

And, can you use from water butt am assuming it has to be from a tap? 

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  • JennyJJennyJ DoncasterPosts: 4,345
    I haven't used a hedge irrigation kit, but a water butt won't last long for a 30m hedge once the weather warms up, and it might not have enough pressure anyway, so I think it would need to be on the mains supply. You'd need to make sure that you can set the irrigation system  to give a couple of bucketsful of water per plant, directed at the roots so that it soaks in deep, 2 or 3 times a week and maybe more if it turns hot and dry. Frequent surface dribbles or sprinkles is no good.

  • KeenOnGreenKeenOnGreen Posts: 1,469
    Most established hedges do not need watering.  We don't water ours at all, even during heatwaves (we have Privet and Pyracantha).  

    If I were you I would use a hose and water it manually, for the first Summer, and any warm/dry spells during it's first Winter.  You shouldn't need to worry about watering after that.  An annual mulch of well-rotted manure, or good garden compost, will help the hedge to retain water and not get stressed during dry periods.

    If you are thinking of regularly watering an established hedge, you will probably be wasting both water and money.
  • Its new hedge so I want to get it started watering the first year only. 
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