Information Videos and Guides

WaterUps® Installation Basics

WaterUps® wicking systems are easy to install.

This video gives a basic introduction to the principles of wicking and shows how to arrange your WaterUps® cells, where to insert the inlet pipe and how to place the overflow pipe.

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.

Soil Considerations

As with all plant growing environments, WaterUps® wicking beds work best when they have the right soil mix. A healthy soil is critical to plant growth.

The Soil Considerations Guide will provide more detail on:

  • Soil Structure 
  • Potting Mixes 
  • Organic Matter / Compost
  • Humus 
  • What to get?