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Tree Watering



Many of us simply let our trees fend for themselves or we assume that the tree will get water as we water the lawn. While this might be true, for the best results, there are a few special rules. New Trees: New trees can take up to 2 years to get established. Even longer if they had a large root ball. While the tree is getting established, water in the original root ball area. This means close to the trunk, up to 2 metres away. Be sure to check the soil moisture frequently in the first month or two. After that, they can be watered less frequently, but still need love. Established Trees: Trees that have grown to maturity will need a bit less attention, simply because they have an extensive and deeper root system through which they can find their own water. Nonetheless, when you water an established tree, don’t do it near the trunk. This can lead to disease and rot. Instead, water the tree from the outside edge of the tree canopy outward about the width of the tree canopy. That means that if you tree’s canopy is 10 metres from side to side, you will water from the outside leaves outward 10 metres. The reason is that a tree’s root system is usually 2 to 5 times wider than the coverage of its canopy. How to water trees: Water trees deeply instead of frequently. In less porous soils, like clay, the soil might only absorb a little water. More porous soils might drink it more quickly. Tree roots are found in the first half metre or so of soil. This means that you want to water slowly enough to let the water soak in. As soon as you see runoff, turn off the water. It means that soil is saturated. This is the same rule that applies for watering grass as well. Quick Tree Watering Guidelines: Age: The most established a tree is the less watering it will need. Newly planted trees should be watered more frequently. Soil type: Sandy soils release water much more quickly than soils that contain a lot of clay. Knowing how your soil holds water will be a major factor of the water needs of your trees. Time of the year: Obviously, if it is hot outside, you will want to water more. Remember, a drop in temperatures does not mean that there is more moisture available in the soil. You will want to keep watering for a couple of months until rain can take over. Species: Different species require differing levels of water. Speak to a tree expert to find out which of your trees require more water. Be sure to have a good quality water hose and hose reel with the right length. There is no point in watering the path and everything between your house and the tree with an underlengthed hose


Washing the Car


Washing the Car and Saving Water Some portions of Australia are in a deep drought, one that has lasted nearly 3 years. Even if you aren’t in a drought area, it is important to recognise the importance of conserving water. One of the great pleasures of owning a beautiful automobile is getting to wash and polish it. In fact, there are a few of us who might be called obsessed with our vehicles. This is a short list of ways to save water when washing your car or, at the very least, finding ways to make the water do more for you. 1. Wash your car over a grassy area. Rather than letting the water wash into the street, it will water your lawn. In fact, because it is not being spilled over the driveway, it won’t evaporate as quickly and will likely benefit the lawn for a while. Be sure that you are using a soap that is non-toxic and biodegradable. Most soaps are, but you might pay the extra for a special ‘green’ soap. 2. Use a bucket of soapy water. This one seems obvious, but lots of folks don’t do it. A bucket of warm water can save you hundreds of gallons of water (if you turn the water off while you scrub the car). 3. Use an automatic shut-off nozzle. Of course, we sell these, but you can get them elsewhere as well. The important feature is that when they are not in use, they stop the water flow. A garden hose without a nozzle can pour out 35 litres per minute. That means up to 350 litres in just 10 minutes. It adds up very quickly. 4. Use a high-pressure nozzle to rinse your car. The higher pressure water will rinse off soap and soil much faster. Having a nozzle that allows you to adjust the pressure or the shape of the stream can also make the job go faster. 5. Use a pressure washer. The much higher pressure that these machines put out can clean nearly anything. This will get stuck on insects and road tar off in seconds. 6. Take care of your garden hose. Make sure that your garden hose doesn’t have holes and the fittings don’t leak. You would be amazed how much water can pour out of the tiniest holes in a cheap garden hose. Wash your car. Love that machine. Love your water, too. If you are in an area with restricted water usage, make sure you follow all of the rules and laws.

See you on the road!

Sap Beetle/Insect



A lot of customers contact us thinking that somewhere along the assembly line a few mild steel screws escaped and were used in the assembly of the hose reels. This is simply not the case. All DELRICO hose reel external screws are high grade stainless steel. The villain causing this rusting imitation is the Sap Beetle. The Sap Bettle gets inside any cylindrical shaped openings and will start to nest and then a residue they produce starts to ooze out and give the Stainless fasteners the appearance of rusting. We find the best way to prevent Sap Beetles is to simply spray the holes on a monthly basis with your preferred insect spray killer. This will make it uncomfortable for the Sap Beetle to stay in the Hose reel unit and they will not nest. Doing this stops the need for hose reel covers. Which our customers love because preventing the Sap Bettle with a cover often invites spiders like kids to a cubbyhouse , (usually large huntsman variety). Spiders often prefer the warm dry environment created by a hose cover and they will set up home . We also find the best way to keep your reel in good condition is to wipe it down on a monthly basis with some ArmourAll. The same product used for car dashboards. It is excellent for PP ( polypropylene) and will keep your reel casing in as new condition. A very good UV repellant too.

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