A local non-profit group helps keep recently-planted trees watered along Riverside Drive.
The Tulsa-area non-profit group Up With Trees placed Treegator bags at the bases of trees along the east side of Riverside Drive in Tulsa to help keep them sufficiently watered.
Up With Trees board member Michael Perkins, an urban forester for the City of Tulsa, told KTUL.com on Wednesday that the bags allow water to soak down to the root zones of the trees instead of the water remaining at the top soil level.
According to the makers of Treegator, their bag deliver a large volume of water deep below the soil surface so that a tree's roots can potentially feed off of a high concentration of water long after the bag is empty.
Treegator said this reduces watering frequency to once a week.
Newly-planted or transplanted trees, with their greatly reduced root systems and the shock from being removed, are in greater need of frequently-applied deep irrigation.
Deep watering keeps moisture concentrations far below the surface, reducing transplant shock, and attracting roots downward deep into the soil.
Up With Trees Database Administrator and AmeriCorp Member Zach Stuart told KTUL.com on Wednesday that their organization is in a beta-testing period with the Treegator bags.
Up With Trees is a non-profit dedicated to planting, preserving, and promoting Tulsa's urban forest.
Their mission is to beautify the greater Tulsa area by planting trees and to create urban forestry awareness through education.
Since 1976, Up With Trees has planted more than 27,000 trees.
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