Water Works

The trees we planted at the farm have been enjoying their new home for about four weeks now. They all seem to be sporting some new growth, showing off some leaves and generally doing pretty well. Here’s how they looked last month (tree planting), and here’s one of them now:

Ure Pear Tree - One Month In (somethingwewhippedup.com)

Ure Pear Tree – One Month In (somethingwewhippedup.com)

Not bad, right? Since we don’t make it up to the farm every weekend, we knew we needed a watering solution to keep the ground around the new plantings moist. After some extensive research, Brian came across Ooze Tubes on the Arbor Day Foundation website. The long plastic tubes can be filled with up to 15 gallons of water each. An adjustable dip gauge allows you to control the flow of water that comes out, allowing each one to last up to four weeks.

The tubes are pretty easy to install, but very fragile. We accidentally punctured a hole in one of them, but the remaining four are currently in place and hopefully working well. I guess we’ll find out in a few weeks when we make it back up to check on them!

Ooze Tube around a one-month-old Jenner Sweet apple tree (somethingwewhippedup.com)

Ooze Tube around a young Jenner Sweet apple tree (somethingwewhippedup.com)

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