More than once I have turned the sprinkler on, then gone inside and forgotten to turn the water back off. To combat this I have been looking at water timers since this spring, but never actually bought one until this week.
The Melnor 3010 Water Timer
I bought two
When I went to install one on the front spigot I realized that I had never fixed the leaky handle. It only leaked when the water was on, so it wasn’t a big deal, but since the water is always on when you’ve got a timer installed, it was time to fix the spigot. After running back to home depot for a new washer for the spigot I was back on track.
What I like:
- It works
- It can water for up to two hours, and has a fixed on and off position.
- It’s mechanical so I won’t have to buy batteries
- It has an always-on setting for when the kids are playing in the sprinklers etc.
I dislike hose and garden tools made from plastic. Plastic tools aren’t necessarily bad and metal ones aren’t necessarily good, but I think in general metal tools are better made and last longer.
I looked all over for a timer with metal connectors, but I couldn’t find one, so I ended up with plastic.
You’ll note in the photo above that I added a short spring-loaded leader to the timer. This is on the backyard hose where the kids occasionally pull the hose around. I think that the plastic construction would not be strong enough to stand up to being tugged on.
Eventually I’d like to get a drip system with automatic timers; hopefully this will last until that happens.
I bought a new soaker hose to go with the water timers. The soaker hose lets water seep out through the sides of the hose. With the sprinkler it was difficult to water my gardens that run along the fences in my yard. The neighbors have never complained, but they’ve got a daycare and I feel bad getting their backyard play area wet so I don’t always water when it would be most convenient for me. With the soaker hose I can just lay it down the length of the fence and let it run.
Using a soaker hose also means the water is all going to the roots instead of sprinkling on the leaves. This may should help prevent the black rot on the grapes and prevent bottom rot on the tomatoes as well as reduce how much water is needed.