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RE: Treegator irrigation bags

Subject: RE: Treegator irrigation bags
From: Koeser,Andrew
Date: Oct 07 2019 20:42:28
Hey Matt, 

We use them here in Florida where irrigation is nearly essential to establish 
trees of the size used for most plantings. We have hot weather, very sandy 
soils, and a dry season that makes spring very challenging for trees. 

I never did a study on them, but from experience we have never lost a tree 
since using treegators (no connection to the University of Florida...despite 
the name). I think the best thing about them is it makes it easy to give 
watering directions. We had inmate crews doing the watering and it proved 
pretty foolproof. 

Make sure to mulch past the bags as mowing equipment will destroy them in 
quick order. Ants tend to love the area beneath the bag. Makes it interesting 
here as they tend to be fire ants so you have to be quick and careful when 
filling them up or you will be covered in burning blisters. 

Another product that is a bit new is called the tree diaper. On of the 
creators also made a new hydrogel (originally used in disposable diapers), 
hence the somewhat unusual name. This product is a donut shape just like the 
tree gator jr. It is really promising in that it can be recharged by 
rainwater (rewetting the gel). Also, if hit by mowing equipment, it isn't 
going to dump all the water through a gash in the side of the bag. 

Take care, 

Andrew

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Hi Everyone,

Apologies if this question has already been asked.

I was wondering if anyone has any experience of whether the treegator 
watering bag is effective, and if establishment is any better? My concern 
would be a relatively small area, mostly around the root collar, only being 
watered, and that the cost benefit ratio is actually worthwhile?

Any real world experience would be appreciated!

Regards

Matt

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