Watering Kit Without Bucket - Drilling Reservoir Bucket Hole and Spike Placement

An appropriate bucket or other container that can be drilled may be turned into a reservoir to connect to a IFusion watering spike kit.  Once you choose your reservoir, follow the steps below to set up your watering kit today. 

Step 1: Prepare a Bucket Reservoir 

(1) Drill ½” hole for rubber gasket. Should be positioned slightly above base to allow gasket flange to seal against the outside of the bucket.

(2) If an air tight lid is being used: drill a small vent hole (1/16” to 1/8” will suffice) near the top of the bucket, but below where the lid covers. This hole prevents a vacuum from forming which will prevent water from flowing out of the watering spike.

The hole positions on your finished bucket should look something like the picture above.

 

Step 2: Connect a Basic Watering Spike Kit to the Prepared Bucket Reservoir

 

The basic watering spike kit contains:

four (4) IFusion Watering Spikes with attached 3/16” ID tubing;
one (1) rubber seal;
four (4) feet of 3/16” ID flexible tubing;
three (3) tee connectors;  
two (2) straight connectors; and
wire ties.

 

Installation: Connecting Watering Spikes to Bucket Reservoir for Placement and Use

 

Place the rubber seal into the pre-drilled hole near the base of the bucket.

 

Determine the Bucket Reservoir Location: The bucket reservoir should be uphill or elevated relative to the location of the watering spikes.  The water will flow from the bucket reservoir to the watering spikes when the bucket reservoir is placed at a higher elevation than the watering spikes. The bucket reservoir can be hung from the handle on a shepherd’s hook or other elevated structure (e.g., plant stand or pedestal). Next, determine where you want to place your watering spikes relative to the bucket reservoir location.  Please note the length of the spike tubing may be sufficient, but you may also use the supplied four (4) feet of flexible tubing to extend the location of the spike from the bucket reservoir.

Determining the Water Spike Location(s): Each spike can supply water to about 3 square feet area (~2-foot diameter circle).  

 

    • For a linear planting area or container - spacing of 18 inches between spikes is recommended.  
    • For a square or rectangular planting area or raised bed - one spike for each 2-foot x 2-foot area is recommended.  
    • For watering medium-sized landscaping plants (e.g., shrubs) - one spike near the base of the plant is recommended.  
    • For larger landscaping plants and trees - multiple spikes around the base of the plant are recommended.

 

Determining Tubing Layout: The three (3) provided tee connectors can be used to connect the bucket reservoir to the spikes in one of the two suggested layouts shown.  You will need to create smaller lengths of the supplied 4 feet of flexible tubing to connect the bucket reservoir to the first tee connector and between the first tee connector and other tee connectors.  You may also use a straight connector as an extension to any portion of the layout that needs more length.  The flexible tubing may be cut with scissors or a utility knife.  Insert the cut flexible tubing in between the connectors and connect the hose on the water spike to a connector.  All connector openings need to have a hose attached.

Two suggested uses of the t-connectors are shown below with a hose connecting to the object identified (e.g., bucket or spike). 

Insert an end of the flexible tubing into the center hole of the rubber gasket in the bucket reservoir.

 

Use & Maintenance: 

Install the watering spikes into freshly turned soil, the soil should be soft enough to just push in the watering spike.  If your soil is compacted, prepare a hole that the spike can be placed.

Fill the bucket reservoir with water. Water should flow to the water spikes automatically.  Check to ensure that there are no kinks in the flexible tubing. 

If the tubing does not seal well to the connector(s) and drips, use the supplied wire ties to cinch the tubing tight behind the hose barb. 

Refill the bucket reservoir as needed. The water use will vary with temperature, sun exposure, rainfall, and soil conditions.  Expect higher water usage rates at the beginning of the growing season or as you establish your water spikes. 

 

Removing at the End of the Season

At the end of the growing season, it is recommended that the spikes are removed and stored for the winter. Any dirt can be removed with rinsing and a soft bristled brush and any mineral deposits can be cleaned with a dilute vinegar or citric acid solution.

 

If you have any questions, please contact us at ifusionhelp@gmail.com.