Kay R
Kay R
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Asked on Jun 30, 2012

Watering Shrubs and Trees

Kay RLori JWalter Reeves
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This morning I was listening to the Walter Reeves garden program on the radio. He was talking about something I've never heard of. I think they are called Gator Bags. It's a bag that you put around trees, shrubs, etc. They hold about 20 gallons and slowly release the water.
I started looking online and found the bags but also found something shaped like an inflatable doughnut looking thing that a child would wear in a swimming pool.
Being the excruciatingly cheap person that I am, I'm wondering if the actual inflatable doughnut looking thing would work. Maybe poke a few holes and put it around a tree? I haven't quite figured out how to easily get the water in but I'll figure something out. Any other ideas about watering would be greatly appreciated.
Thanks.
5 answers
  • Lori J
    on Jun 30, 2012

    I have soaker hoses on my trees. They are round and black, and do not spray at all. Everything is a trickle. They were not expensive. Personally, I think the frustration and swearing that would be involved with trying to get water in a pool toy would not offset the cost. My dad used these root feeders with jar for fertilizer spikes--when he watered he just didn't put anything in the jars.Those worked well and I hadn't seen one in years until just recently--there they were at nursery.

  • Walter Reeves
    on Jun 30, 2012

    I think you could get the same watering results by drilling a 1/8" hole at the lowest point on the side of a discarded 5 gallon plastic bucket. Place beside a new tree and fill with water as needed. The hole will occasionally get clogged but it's easy to clear. Move to the opposite side of the tree occasionally. Challenge: who can think of a way to decorate the bucket so it doesn't stand out so much in the landscape?

  • Kay R
    on Jun 30, 2012

    Lori, you're probably right - I'd probably even come up with some new words! I hadn't even thought of a soaker hose but that's a great idea. And with the 5 gallon bucket I could just set it up and forget it. I have a large area I call my "shade garden" and it's got lots of camellias, sasanqua and gardenias. I'm having to water every day and they still look distressed. What we need is a good long soaking rain - and also for the temp to go down! Thanks!

  • Lori J
    on Jun 30, 2012

    It has been the same way here in Nebraska. We have had day after day of pushing or passing 100 degrees with very little rain. I could say no rain up until two days ago when we had just some light rain. I am bucket watering my hostas one at a time, and using soaker hoses around my trees.

  • Kay R
    on Jul 1, 2012

    I had no idea it got that hot in Nebraska! We've had record breaking heat the last few days and yesterday it was officially 109 in Athens. Does anybody know a good rain dance? I'm using a soaker hose and also the bucket method. I definitely have to paint them - really ugly blue ones from Walmart with the Walmart logo on the side. :(

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