Going green is well and good, but I’m more willing to look at an “eco-friendly” solution if it’ll also save me some money. And since saving water is saving money, I’m attracted to any tool that’ll help keep my new trees alive without making the water meter run. This root irrigator is just such a tool — it delivers water from your hose deep down into the dirt so it can’t just evaporate off. This method also encourages trees and bushes to develop stronger and deeper roots, so they’re tougher and more able to withstand dry spells.
You may have seen the work crews pushing pipe underneath roadways without digging big holes. Basically, they start running water into the pipe and the water washes away the dirt from in front of the pipe, allowing the crew to shove the pipe through the water-drilled hole. This tool works similarly.
You don’t need to lean hard on it to push it into the ground — the water flowing into it pushes dirt from the bottom of the hole back up to the top, and the tool works its way down. Then you leave the water running for a while to soak the ground.
Street pricing is around $22 — so you can save water and keep your trees and shrubs healthy, without making a hole in your pocketbook.