In the past I have stood outside for 45 minutes or so holding the water hose and sweating as I tried to save my remaining trees from death by sun/heat/drought. This was always after 8 PM since we were in some high stage of drought restrictions. The sun had set, but it would still be in the 90's and just miserable. It was never fun to go water the trees and so they never got watered as much as they should have, except that one time I left the hose running all night because I forgot to turn the stupid water off, but that is another story.
This year I got smart. I hooked up a system of water hoses and water hose splitters so that all I have to do is go outside to turn on the faucet and water will travel through a maze hoses to all the plants at once. I will leave it on for 30 minutes or so as I sit inside in the nice cool A/C, and then go back outside again for a few minutes to turn it off. It is beautiful and it works! Let me show you the set up.
If tall weeds and unkempt yards offend you do not continue reading. Thank you.
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It starts here in the backyard with a leaking faucet. We only have one outside water faucet.
Split 1 happens in the backyard.
The hose goes pass this tree which sprung up last summer during the worse drought in Texas history without me watering it one bit! I have no plans on watering it now! We actually thought it might be a weed, but it lost leaves when winter hit and they came back when spring came around. *shrug* I actually want to move it to the front but have to wait until it goes dormant again. It is already taller than me!
The hose goes pass the dead possum. I am not touching it at this point! Ew!
The first plant to get water from my maze of hoses is the grapevine. Maybe, just maybe, one day I will get a grape from it. I already forgot what type they were.
Ok, so maybe I didn't need 50 feet of hose here.
Split 3! So sweet of Dal to help point it out!
Tree 1 of 4 that gets water. This is either a dogwood, redbud, or a golden rain tree. I can't remember and I can't find the paper where I wrote it down. Anyone know?
The hose (I might be on hose number 5 by now) goes around the fence...
...and down the entire fence line.
Attention! We have a changing of the color
The hose continues past the thistle in the sunset.
It is now at tree 2 of 4. This is also either a redbud, dogwood, or golden rain tree. It was doing very well until my husband reduced it to almost nothing when he ran over it with the lawn mower. Despite the fact that I told him 3 times where it was. It now has big white pvc pipe around it. He can't miss it!
The hose continues past one of the many many mesquite trees that are native to Texas. Those things can grow with NO water what so ever! It is crazy. I am tempted to nurture some of them just so that I can have some trees! They do have thorns though...
Continuing on, we have now gone from one side of the house, around the back to the other side, and are passing the bluebonnets that have gone to seed now. Once they are done we will be able to mow that small patch. We were blessed with them in our yard, because they are not just everywhere where we are. They pop up sporadically.
Now we are at tree 3 of 4 and split 4! This is my hazelnut tree. I love my hazelnut tree! It even produced one hazelnut last year and that makes me happy.
The last tree and split 5, the last split, but not last plant to get water from my homespun watering system is my favorite tree of all. It is my cherry tree. I thought it was going to give me a cherry this year, but it doesn't look like it is. I had such high hopes. I was going to make a tiny cherry pie with that one cherry. Sigh. Maybe next year. It is the tree that has done the best from the very beginning.
Now the hose has it final stretch of over 50 feet.
But it has to pass by some very dry cracked barren earth.
The last plant to get water is the Forsythia shrub. I am shocked this plant is still alive. It must be a fighter! A tiny one, but still!
So 5 splits and at least 10 water hoses later, I have what it takes to easily water trees in a drought! Hopefully with this setup I will water more often, my trees with grow, and people will stop making fun of them. And you people know who you are, because mainly you are my husband!
So there! ;)