I'd complained to my husband that the effort of manually watering the slope at the back of our property was taking a toll on my bad knee (in addition to being a pain in the neck). Unfortunately, terracing the slope and laying a new drip irrigation system isn't in the budget.
|I used a hose connected to an outlet next to the mimosa tree 15+ feet above, woven through a thicket of honeysuckle and ivy, to water the slope|
Before I knew it, he was at work on a budget-friendly solution. He uncovered an existing sprinkler system below the hedge that runs along the inside of our property line. While that line delivered some water to the hedge, it wasn't constructed to water the beds I'd created along the slope last year (described in one of my first blog posts). He dug a long trench in hard, uneven, rocky soil and laid new pipe.
|New sprinkler line|
He capped the old sprinkler heads and installed new sprinklers that will water both the hedge and my beds. Yay!
|New sprinkler system in action|
The sprinklers aren't beautiful but they're practical. Now I can focus on the plants along the slope rather than the time-consuming task of watering the space. My husband may not be one for grand romantic gestures but he comes through where it really counts.