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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.

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4 Responses to Deep Root Irrigator

  1. McAngryPants says:

    nice thick layer of mulch & a 5 gallon bucket w/ a small hole in the bottom does a similar trick. imho

  2. BIGGEORGE says:

    This looks like it will target the right area for a tree.

    I read somewhere that 85% of a trees roots are in the top 3′ of
    soil. the only time you see this is when a tree is blown over. This tool is 37 inches long, so it hits the spot.

    With everything else, you would only need to go down about a 1′

  3. ToolFreak says:

    I found this on clearance at walmart for around a buck.

  4. Teacher says:

    When I was a kid, we would use the hose like the road crews mentioned in the article. Turn on the hose and start pushing it into the ground. One time I got over 6 feet deep then the hose got hung up on a root and wouldn’t come out. My dad had to cut the hose off at the ground then attach a new male end. There was no joy in our house that night as daddy was not happy.

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