Unlike electronic timer systems that deliver water at a set time, this solar powered package automatically judges their needs and waters every three hours. The longer the daylight hours and the greater the light intensity in a day the more the system waters. The volume of water can be manually adjusted to suit individual watering needs.
Irrigatia claims to use up to 90 per cent less water than a hose or sprinkler and because the drip feeding point is at the soil level, lessens risk of scorching or burning foliage. The water comes direct from a nearby water butt and, if these are not available, a reservoir can be bought. Liquid feed can also be added to the watering process.
Sales and marketing director Erick Mackay said: "This is harnessing nature in an extremely clever way and because there is no electricity, and with huge water savings, it has high eco credibility.
"They work anywhere including balconies on high-rise buildings or allotments where no power – other than natural sunshine – is available. It is the 21st century irrigation solution for domestic gardens."