We’ve been using the tripod sprinklers for most of our watering around here for several years. Unfortunately, they’re not so well built and they only last about 3 years or less. Plastic photo-degrades, light aluminum cracks and breaks. We found ourselves needing three new sprinklers and at $29.99 on sale, that was a big ouch!
Luckily, Will has an inventor’s imagination and a pile of scrap metal and pipe. He had three lengths of pipe that were just the right length and a pipe bender given to him by a friend. So he designed a simple stand for a screw-on impact sprinkler. By adding a few fittings and cheap sprinklers from an ag-supply catalog, he soon had a portable, easily-moved sprinkler stand. You can even switch fittings and sprinkler heads around to raise or lower the height! Best of all, he added two little wheels from a junk lawnmower from the dump so we can just tip it up and pull it around into a new position without carrying it!
Pretty neat, Will!
Last fall, he filled half a 55-gallon barrel with compost and planted seeds from some of our Hansen bush cherries. And this spring, they popped up. Now they’re about 6 inches tall and looking great. We’ll be transplanting them to their new location in a few weeks. The larger plants he put in on the edge of our newly-cleared pasture are doing great and these will make that planting even larger. We will have “wild” Hansen bush cherries! — Jackie