For watering new trees in remotely located areas we add a red Bucket Plug and black Bucket Lid to the Base System. This allows for the Bucket to be filled and hauled to the tree with no splash loss. The Root Seeker guarantees a complete soaking of the entire root ball with no wasteful run-off or evaporation. Just like with a good soaking rain, your new tree will have enough water for the next 7-10 days.
- This feature is not available with any other watering product
- Direct to the root-ball delivery reduces water requirement by 65%
- A full bucket weighs 42 lbs. Don't hurt your back.
Installation and Use: Push the Root Seeker into the tree's root-well and remove the Cap. Remove the Bucket Lid, align the mating parts, and install the Bucket. The red Plug will pop out and watering begins instantly. Your work is done.
Follow-up: It's fine to leave the system installed until the next time to Fill & Haul, but if you want to remove the Bucket when empty, pull it off and replace the Cap on the Root Seeker until next time. Buckets stack nicely in the corner of your garage.
Not drip irrigation: Slow drip irrigation is a bad idea. It promotes concentrated root development at the drip, keeping the tree weak and dependent. Believe it.
Very durable: Unlike bag products, Tree I.V. can't be destroyed with a string trimmer or a lawn mower. Find a new home for them when you're done.
Fine Print: Clay or compact soil has a much slower percolation rate, and may require an initial plunging with a 5/8" dowel rod to get water flowing. This is not a problem with new trees, but can be with larger, established trees. 2) Be sure the Root Seeker is installed with the shoulder tightly against the surface to avoid water resurfacing.