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Water barrier for fruit trees
I'm interested in the best way to get fresh water into a tree with fruit. What I need is to get water to the root area, not up into the trunk. My thought is to cut a tree in half, and use a large plastic spade as a pipe to bring water to the root area. From the spade, water can be brought in to the trunk area. If you have a tree like this, how does it work? Are there advantages or disadvantages?
Hi. I built a tree house on my deck in the tree. I used an old aluminum roto root feeder and attached it to a hose I have. I bought some tubing from Lowes and hooked the hose in one end and a spigot in the other, about 7 feet up in the tree. I just leave the hose hooked up and have the spigot open when I water. I water several hours before a storm, and have never had any problems with the tree in years.
To the original question "Is there any reason for a plastic pipe to have water and soil on both sides, rather than one side, one end having water and the other end soil?" I suggest your tree roots are in fine shape.
If they're in good shape, have them watered and leave them alone. If you have a water spigot to the side of your house, you're just not getting the tree very full.
You can use whatever water supply you like. It won't be good for your house though, since you're just drawing water from the soil below your tree.
I have an idea which might work for you. You mentioned that you have a water spigot in the side of your house. If you cut a tree in half, and the cut is at the trunk area, you can tap the trunk area and then run the pipe to the other side where you have a water spigot. This way you get water and soil on both sides of the tree. This would have to be done just before the tree dries up though.
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