WINTER YOUR IRRIGATION
Bring tap timers and hose fittings that you’ll not be using over winter in out of the upcoming frosts. Left on and full of water, in a frost the water will expand and break the seals. I’ve spent a lot of money over the years on tap timers. My favourite version is now a cheap $15 dial you manually turn on which automatically ticks down the set time and turns the water off. The more expensive electronic versions that turn on by themselves are great in theory but you have to wait a full cycle to ensure they work. So if you want your garden watered at 5am, you have to set it at 5am, and wait until 5 the following morning to check all is working correctly. And if the batteries go flat, someone has turned the tap off or a fitting has broken, you don’t realise until things are starting to shrivel up.
I’ve decided gardening is not that automatic and it is easier to turn on the tap when needed and use the timer to ensure it gets turned off. I just wish I could find one with shorter and more precise timing.