My setup for watering outlying trees
The topic of watering trees that are outside the reach of hoses came up in the "Worst Year Ever?" thread. I wanted to share my setup.
It's an old horse watering trough, a couple of pvc fittings from Home Depot (with a shutoff valve), and a piece of old hose.
-Pretty cheap setup, esp if you can find a used horse tank.
-Light, so I can easily get it in/out of the truck.
-Hose is long enough to water a few trees before I need to move the truck.
-Only holds 80 gallons. There are bigger tanks. I'm keeping my eye out for one.
-Gravity feed, so the flow is slow. It's a good thing, since the water will soak in better, but I'd like the job to go faster. I could replace the fittings with a bigger diameter.
-Lose some water that sloshes out by the time I get to the field. I could cut a piece of plywood or something to baffle the waves.
I've been using it every other weekend during this hot, dry summer.