We are putting large planted containers at the entrance to our property but it is some distance from a water supply. We could tow a smaller water tank using the lawn tractor. How much should we expect to pay?
You should get in touch with SCH (Supplies) of Ipswich. While the company offers the heavy-weight 1,000-litre and 2,000-litre road-tow bowsers that are used by local authorities, it also specialises in the design and manufacture of all kinds of useful kit for estates — including water carts.
The company offers a range of water carriers including a 180-litre (40 gallons) towed water cart for £372 including VAT. This option is somewhat like a mini-bowser and can easily be towed by a lawn tractor. It rides on pneumatic tyres and a front jack leg is fitted as standard so it can be parked safely when not in use. The water is discharged through a tap at the rear, so you would need to remember to carry a watering can with you.
For ease of use and convenience, however, I would opt for the same 180-litre water cart but with a discharge pump. The addition of a 12V submersible pump, which is powered from the tractor battery, plus 3.5m of heavy-duty hose means that you do not have to struggle with watering cans and buckets. It will put the price up to £459.60 including VAT, but I think it would be money well spent.
If you did not want to use your lawn tractor for towing and powering the waterer, there are several other interesting options in the SCH catalogue. For instance, there is a compact trolley-mounted waterer with 12V DC electric pump, supplied with rechargeable dry cell battery, 3.6m of hose and telescopic and short lances. The trolley has two large wheels and two castors for ease of manoeuvrability. This outfit will set you back £612.
As an interesting talking point, you might like to consider the solar-powered watering unit, again with 180-litre capacity. This is mounted on a four-wheel trolley and has a pump powered by a 12V battery that is recharged from a built-in solar panel. It also comes with a multi-head dispenser, telescopic lance and 6m of hose. The price of this unit is £870.
Should you want to increase the periods between watering, then remember to use a compost that has water-storing granules.
Sally Drury, technical editor