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Water is essential for the garden. Grass, plants, trees all need watering and are expensive to establish. Lack of water or incorrect watering will destroy valuable plants, shrubs and grass. It is impossible to rely on our climate to produce water in the right quantities and at the right time. So, for tiptop watering control a supplementary system is essential.  


A simple garden hose is a solution of sorts. A watering can is another. But how do you know how much water is being used by these traditional methods? As bad, is the time it takes to achieve it: time that could be spent in the garden or with the family. And what happens during holidays? 


The simple answer is a fully automatic, state of the art, pop up sprinkler system. Systems such as those supplied and installed by Turf Irrigation Systems (TIS) are sophisticated yet effective and will take away the burden and worry of watering all parts of the garden, even when away from home. And effective watering will actually help conserve water!

Installation and Design

A TIS system is not just pipe and guesswork. Standard parts, certainly, but each garden is different and will need different amounts of water in each area. So, every system is designed specifically to suit each individual garden - considering lawned areas, flower beds, shrubs and ground cover, trees, hedges, vegetable and soft fruit areas; even the hanging baskets.


The design starts with a controller, suiting the way the system has to operate. Pipe work is designed to channel water in exact quantities for each sprinkler. Pop ups are selected from a range where a full 360 degree arc to, say, 90 degree arc is used to confine water to a specific bed or area. Heads can be chosen to avoid paths and patios.           Pipes are laid underground; out of the way and out of sight. Modern techniques for laying pipes cause minimal disruption to the ground and pop up sprinkler heads are installed below the grass/bed level. These pop up under water pressure when the system starts and, on shut down, disappear back into the ground – leaving the garden safe for mowing, weeding and play.  


Sprinklers are also important and selected to suit the job required. Whether it is tiny bubblers for flowerbeds or big gear driven rotary sprinklers for large expanses of grass.  


To simplify matters even further, TIS has produced an easy to follow do-it-yourself planning guide that can be posted, faxed or e-mailed to them for design and costing proposals.

Easy Operation  

The controller is programmed for when and where the garden is to be watered; some areas will need less water than others. No problem, gardens are zoned into different stations. The controller selects which will be watered and for how long. Sprinkler heads do the rest; having been designed and selected to apply the exact amount of water over the right area and in exactly the right quantity.


With water conservation a pressing issue the installation of a TIS sprinkler system is actually assisting the solution to this problem with a better and more sensible use of available water.


Turf Irrigation Systems is now available nationwide for the private property owner, regardless of property size.


Copies of the do-it-yourself planner are obtainable from:


Turf Irrigation Systems, Water House, 

10 Carvers Ind. Estate,       

Southampton Road, 

Ringwood, Hants BH24 1JS

Tel: 01425 479232 Fax: 01425 472380






Some of your recent gardening queries 

Keep the e-mails with your gardening problems coming (Please tell me which country you live in)

Laterlife is pleased to support the project below:-

Designed to stimulate the senses and provide a haven of peace, a place to chill-out and unwind from the stress of modern living. A garden designed specifically to be "Positive About Disabled People" and raise funds for people with Multiple Sclerosis.

Take a virtual trip around the garden, through different countries, its monthly photo galleries & artwork, explore and discover the plants, birds and wildlife, water features and wind-chimes, as we endeavour to describe the sights, sounds, smells, tastes, and touch of the various areas. 

We hope you enjoy your visit to the Sensory Garden Project  


And some places to visit... Visit the Eden Project


The living theatre of plants and people
The Eden Project is a gateway into the world of plants and people. A meeting place for all to discover how we depend on plants and how we can help to manage and conserve them for our mutual survival.




Kew Gardens two locations:-

Tel: 020 8332 5655 (24 hr)
Fax: 020 8332 5197

Royal Botanic Gardens

Tel: 01444 894066 (24 hr)
Fax: 01444 894069

Royal Botanic Gardens
Wakehurst Place
Nr Haywards Heath
West Sussex
RH17 6TN



The National Botanic Gardens of Scotland comprise:

Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh
Scotland's Premier Garden

Benmore Botanic Garden, Argyll
Argyll's Magnificent Mountainside Garden

Dawyck Botanic Garden, Borders
Wonderful Woodland Garden

Logan Botanic Garden, Galloway
Scotland's Most Exotic Garden

The National Botanic Garden of Wales

The star attraction here is the 91 metre long domed glasshouse, that houses landscapes normally found in the Mediterranean. This would be a super place to visit on a chilly day...



Keep the e-mails with your gardening problems coming

Have a look at previous editions of Gardener`s Diary




Some websites of interest to gardeners:- 


Alan Titchmarsh MBE, TV gardener, writer, broadcaster and thoroughly nice person. Just a few choice words to describe the peoples` favourite TV gardener. See his website....



Thompson and Morgan: 


A growing resource for gardeners worldwide. The site includes the international online seed catalogues, the young plants catalogue (UK only), the wholesale seeds catalogue, together with the award winning Germination Times and a host of other useful information.


Gardening is an important part of many people's lives. You don't have to give up gardening because of accident or illness, the onset of disability or the problems associated with growing older. The information on their website is designed to provide you with the information to Carry on Gardening.

Carry on Gardening was initiated by the horticultural charity Thrive and is funded by the National Lottery Charities Board.  It brings together information on easy ways of gardening gathered over 23 years by Thrive and research carried out since the early 1970s by Mary Marlborough Centre, Oxford, on tools and equipment for disabled and older people. 







Good reading:-


"The Yellow Book" contains information of all Gardens of England and Wales open for charity, and can be bought priced 5 from National Gardens Scheme

National Trust Gardens Handbook is 6.99 and the new edition is out in May  Telephone 01394 389 950 or see their website

RHS Garden Finder is 12.99 from Dorling Kindersley




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