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Old 10-04-2018, 08:05 PM   #1
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Water wicks

This is in the Just Conversation as it really has nothing to do with RV’s except I want to irrigate some trees on an RV lot. Anyway, I have an RV lot in Arizona with an arroyo at the rear of the lot. I’d like to plant a couple trees suited to the climate (maybe mesquite) on the slope and build a low water use, low maintenance irrigation system.

My idea is to plant the trees about 6’ - 7’ below the top of slope measured vertically. On the downside of the tree base, I’d place a 4” diameter plastic pipe vertically down about 3’-4’ into the ground with the top of the pipe above the surface of the ground (with removable cap) for deep watering.

A barrel of water would be placed at the top of the slope. Insert a 3/4” pvc pipe into the barrel about a few inches from the top and run the 3/4” pipe down into the vertical 4” pipe at the tree base. I’d run a 7/16” nylon rope from the bottom of the 4” vertical pipe, up through the 3/4” pvc and into the water barrel with the excess rope laying at the bottom of the water barrel.

The idea is that the nylon rope would wick water up and out of the barrel and down into the pipe at the tree base. I’ve read about this kind of thing online but has anyone here tried it?
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Don't know if the idea would work but don't think a nylon rope would work. It would probably have to be cotton.
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I live in Phoenix and my thoughts are that it will not work when the temps are up and humidity is down. How far would this run be?
In the early '80s I work as a mechanic for Yellow Freight. We did everything including fueling the incoming trucks. In the summer we would hose each other so we were very wet, By the time we walked the 100 yards to get the next truck in the early summer we would be dry by the time we reached the truck. Single digit humidity and temps over 110 degrees do this.

Have you thought about a water system using the timers that mount on the hose bib and are battery powered? I have these on my property and they work very well and only have to change the AA batteries once a year.
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These are easier to use and better suited to tree watering.


If you don’t want to climb the slope to refill them I’d suggest you run a hose to each bag connected to some hose splitters. Refill when they go flat.
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