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
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 resistance
Can irrigate any time of day or
Not affected by wind or sun (no
burning of foliage)
Invisible system - more attractive,
less likely to be vandalised
Approximate spacings - sand 1m,
loam 1.7m, clay 2m
Lasts 10 years or more under soil
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 strips
- Can be curved around a garden to about the same
radius as a standard garden hose without kinking
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 Approved)
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 Garden Centres, Mitre 10, Bunnings etc.)
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
- 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 ground however it will degrade in time if left in the sun.
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
and can easily be cut to any required length.
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 13mm joiners.
For an in-depth user guide, please
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