Information Guides

The WaterUps® Installation Guide provides all the necessary information for the installation of WaterUps® wicking system.

Here you will find:

  • Our general Installation Video;
  • The Corrugated steel wicking bed installation video;
  • WaterUps® Installation Guide PDF; and
  • Comparison between WaterUps® and River Sand Wicking Beds;

One of the most important ingredients in a wicking bed is the soil, or potting mix that you use. This is what will determine the ‘wickability’ of the bed. The type of plants that you intend to grow will also be relevant to your choice of mix.

Here you will find information about soil/potting mixes for:

  • Vegetable wicking beds; and
  • Ornamental wicking beds.

WaterUps® can be used in a wide range of garden growing situations. Our DIY Ideas & Guides will give you the necessary information in relation to:

  • Retro-fitting a corrugated iron raised bed with wicking cells;
  • Building an in-ground wicking bed;
  • Constructing a WaterUps® timber wicking bed;
  • Installing WaterUps cells in planter tubs

Installation Videos

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WaterUps® Installation Guide

The WaterUps® Installation Guide provides all the necessary information for the installation of WaterUps® cells in the wicking bed that you are constructing or the planter that you are retro-fitting.

The Installation Guide will tell you:

  • Alternative recommended construction materials for raised beds;
  • What other materials and tools will be needed;
  • How to prepare the base;
  • How to retro-fit a WaterUps® wicking system in an existing raised bed or planter tub;
  • How to cut WaterUps® cells to achieve best fit to an existing bed or planter;
  • How to calculate the amount of pond liner required and how best to place it in the base;
  • How to install the inlet pipe;
  • How to prevent soil particles from getting in to the water reservoir; and
  • Important tips for adding potting mix.

Comparison between WaterUps® and River Sand Wicking Beds

WaterUps® wicking beds are more cost effective, quicker and easier to install and allow longer lasting watering capacity to help your garden grow. The Comparison Guide will provide more detail on:

  • Cost – WaterUps® cells are over 30% cheaper than scoria/river sand;
  • Installation – WaterUps® cells are easier and quicker to install;
  • Weight  WaterUps® cells weigh approx. 5kgs per square metre compared to up to 250kgs for a scoria or river sand based wicking bed; and
  • Water Capacity – WaterUps® wicking beds can hold around 50% more water than scoria / river sand beds, which gives a WaterUps® bed a much longer watering time. This means you don’t have to fill your WaterUps® bed as often.

This is what our wicking bed looked like 3½ weeks after planting.

There was little rain and we only watered the bed once in the beginning by filling the water reservoir.

The bed received no further attention.

Soil Considerations

It is important that your soil/potting mix should contains a good amount of composted material and organic matter, together with some coarse sand to ensure efficient wicking. For best local advice we suggest that you speak to a nursery or landscape supply company in your area to discuss your plans and to get their input on your requirements.

Veggie Bed Mix

The optimal veggie bed mix should contain approximately:

  • 70% Greenlife potting mix, or similar good quality veggie mix, with dolomite and complete fertilisers or Composted pine barks;
  • 20% Coarse sand and ash; and
  • 10% Cow manure.

Ornamental Bed Mix

The optimal ornamental bed mix should contain a combination of the following:

  • Composted pine bark;
  • Coarse sand;
  • Composted sawdust;
  • Ash;
  • Coco peat; and
  • Fertilizers.

DIY Ideas & Guides

The following guides have been produced to assist landscapers and DIY gardeners in using WaterUps® cells.

Corrugated Iron Wicking Beds

Corrugated iron raised beds are probably the cheapest commercially available raised garden bed kits. They come in a range of dimensions. One feature of corrugated iron beds is that they generally come with rounded corners. This makes installing a WaterUps® wicking system a bit more involved.

However, with the assistance of a jigsaw, to cut the WaterUps® cells and some geotextile fabric, retro-fitting old corrugated steel raised garden beds is easily achievable.

In-Ground Wicking Beds

In-ground wicking beds can provide some additional challenges over and above installing WaterUps® in a purpose built raised bed. However, this DIY guide shows you how to overcome these and build an in-ground WaterUps® wicking bed quickly and efficiently.

The easiest solution is to build a simple frame for the WaterUps® cells to sit in.

The other challenge is to ensure that you can locate your overflow pipes that water can flow out of your wicking bed when the reservoir is full.

Timber Wicking Beds

Timber raised beds are very popular. WaterUps® cells can be easily installed in a timber bed to create a great wicking system.

This guide shows you how to calculate the appropriate dimensions for your timber and how to insert the WaterUps® cells.

Wicking Planter Tubs

Planters tubs are very much part of our urban landscape. They can be found on balconies and terraces, on decks and around swimming pools. They are also common in retail and commercial areas. They are, however, often neglected and not watered regularly.

This guide will show you how to install WaterUps® cells into your planter tubs to create a great wicking system.