Irrigation technology of tomorrow, that's here
Leeaky Hose is an irrigation product made from
old car tyres and recycled plastics. The hose is porous so it
leaks over the whole surface.
Made from 100% recycled materials - vehicle
tyres and plastics
Saves up to 70% on water usage (when buried
or under mulch)
Easy to install - light and pliable, no
drippers or jets
Uses standard 13mm hose fittings and connectors
Will operate on high or low pressure (water
tank or household tap)
Uniform water distribution along entire
length (up to 60 metres from one source)
Fewer weeds, less plant disease, water delivered
directly to roots
Encourages deeper root growth - drought
Can irrigate any time of day or night
Not affected by wind or sun (no burning of
Invisible system - more attractive, less
likely to be vandalised
Approximate spacings - sand 1m, loam 1.7m,
Lasts 10 years or more under soil or mulch
LEEAKY HOSE is cut to length, so you don't
buy more than you need
For optimum water savings and effectiveness,
LEEAKY HOSE is best placed under mulch or buried in soil,
but it can be used on the soil surface
Ideal for awkward spots like narrow garden
The low flow rates and pressure requirements
of Leeaky Hose lead to significant savings in support plumbing,
pumping and maintenance costs
Leeaky Hose is simply the most environmentally
and resource-friendly irrigation system ever developed. It cuts
watering needs by 70% and can even be used with recycled and
rural water supplies. (Australian Environmental Protection Authority
Made in Australia from 100% recycled rubber
and plastic materials. It keeps recyclable materials off the
dumps and the environment cleaner.
How It Works
Leeaky Hose takes advantage of the fact that
water acts as its own conductor. It is designed so that water
'sweats' through its walls at a controlled rate over long distances
at low water flow. At pressures of 4psi or below the hose will
deliver moisture to the surrounding soil through capillary action
(If your water pressure is higher than this, all you need to
do is install an in-line tap to reduce the pressure - inline
taps are available from us - see next page.) As a rough guide,
Leeaky Hose releases water below ground at around 2 litres per
metre per hour.
The following table will give a general indication
of spacing of Leeaky Hose in each soil type.
Where To Use Your Leeaky Hose
- Lawns - May be laid underground as a permanent system
- New Gardens - Lay underground to promote root growth
and prevent vandalism.
- Established Beds - Lay on the surface in a pattern
appropriate to the needs of the growing plants and cover with
mulch or soil.
- Vegetable Gardens - Lay in trenches spaced according
to soil porosity to a depth which the vegetable is expected
to root. (Keep the surface moist during plant establishment.)
Flexibility of Leeaky Hose
The hose may be installed either above or below
Below ground achieves the maximum water saving
and soil improvement. Leeaky Hose ideally only needs to be buried
just under the surface Our Mantis furrower is ideal for preparing
the soil for this.
Root systems do not grow into the hose. They
grow vigorously over the whole wet band of soil, and do not
clog the piping.
If you lay the pipe on the surface you should
consider covering it with mulch or soil to reduce evaporation
and maintain water savings.
When using recycled household water or dam water,
ensure the end of each length is showing to enable flushing
of sediment several times per year
Easy To Install
Leeaky Hose uses standard 13mm hose fittings (available
from us -see next page), and can easily be cut to any required
The system may be connected to home, rainwater,
dam or recycled water tanks and works efficiently from a minimum
head of one metre.
Lay Leeaky Hose on the flat or on gentle slopes
approximately 20cm from plants. On hilly ground, lay the hose
across the slope feeding from a normal hose or poly pipe.
Areas not requiring water can be bypassed by
inserting a length of standard feeder hose or garden hose with
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