Deep Drip® FAQ
You can use a Garden Hose with the Deep Drip® stakes, we recommend creating a small berm or tree well around your tree rather than directly putting the hose into the stake. While you can technically remove the caps from the stakes then place a slow flowing hose on top of the open shaft and let the water flow down into the stake, this method is very hard to do correctly. ou will need to be extremely careful if you decide to go this route, if you allow the water to enter the stake too quickly it will flood the root zone, lead to root rot, and kill the plant you are trying to save. That is why the berm method is our most recommended hose method.
Creating a small berm or tree well around your tree will allow the water to saturate the shallow roots near the surface, flow down into the stakes to water deeper roots, and prevents runoff. Bury 2-3 Deep Drip® stakes equally spaced within the berm around the tree. We suggest that you keep the top hole above ground. Place the garden hose just inside the berm/tree well and turn the hose on. When the tree well starts to fill up, the water will flow into the top hole of the stakes and down to the roots of your tree/plant. If you are looking to use this method to soften the soil around for tree, the harder the ground, the slower and longer you will need to saturate the root zone. The larger the tree, the larger berm or tree well will need to be, and the more stakes you’ll need to surround the tree.
No, to ensure its durability, we ‘ve put this cap through serious R&D tests. We tested the cap for splintering and cracking, by driving a car over it numerous times, and it remained intact. We also took one cap and hit It over 1,000 times, driving it into really hard ground, the cap held up extremely well and almost looked new. We chose to use 1 cap to install all the stakes, keeping the rest of the caps in pristine condition. The caps were specifically engineered to withstand the force of repeated hits by a 3-5 lb. sledge hammer. We’re so confident about its durability, we guarantee it not to break. Since most people use our stakes when planting new trees, you can also just place the stakes in the hole at the time of planting without having to pound on the caps.
There’s no way that stake will ever go into my soil. My soil is way too hard- Mostly made of clay or rock.
That’s exactly why you need Deep Drip®! Your soil may be so compacted that when you surface water, the water doesn’t get much deeper than 8-12 even after watering for hours. Using Deep Drip® allows you to water 9-36 inches deep through compacted soil, depending on the stake length you have chosen. Other methods of installation include using an: auger bit, water drill or steel driving pole. Saturating the soil around the chosen installation area is recommended, but if the soil is too dense, using a soil softener before installing may be helpful. If you hit a rock or a boulder when hammering your stake in, it will need to be moved to a new location. Deep Drip® stakes are so durable, we guarantee them not to break upon installation or we’ll replace your stake at no cost with receipt for up to one year.
Yes, Deep Drip® allows for fertilizer and nutrients to be placed deep into the root zone for your trees optimal absorption. It also helps aerate, allowing oxygen to flow down to the root zone, which is vital for the health of your tree. Many Customers have shared stories about how Deep Drip® helped bring their trees back to health.
Here’s how we like to guide our customers interested in using our stakes to fertilize: pour a small amount of liquid, powder or water soluble granulated tree/plant fertilizer or nutrients directly into the shaft after positioning in the ground. Water will pass through and slowly dissolve nutrients, feeding your tree and plants at their roots. Using the recommended amount of fertilizer per package instructions, we highly recommend evenly dispersing your chosen fertilizer among all the installed stakes per tree, to give it the best overall coverage and prevent burning the tree’s or plant’s roots. Please read the package instructions carefully and remember not to over fertilize.
I live in an area with freezing temperatures – Will my Deep Drip® Watering Stakes hold up under extreme cold temperatures?
Yes, your Deep Drip® stakes are made of ABS plastic and the plastic is designed to hold up under both high and low temperatures, from 0°F to 180°F. We’ve been told that ABS can withstand -0°F temperatures under normal circumstances, however, if the parts are “influenced” in anyway, it is possible that the stakes could be susceptible to cracking or breaking, so if you choose to use them in -0°F weather, we can’t guarantee the outcome.
You are not alone, only about 50% of our customers use an automatic drip system while the other 50% use a garden hose or flood irrigation. There are many areas of the country that do not use micro irrigation and therefore we have made sure our stakes work well with both watering options. When using a water hose, we recommend creating a small berm/tree well around the tree trunk to keep the water contained. Place 2-3 stakes inside the circle leaving the cap on and top holes above the ground, to allow water to flow into the stake. The water from the hose will fill up the berm/tree well, watering the shallow roots as well as flowing inside the stakes to water the deep roots. The larger the tree, the larger berm or tree well will need to be, and the more stakes you’ll need to surround the tree. This same principle will work in areas that use flood irrigation. Just make sure you bury your stakes low enough to avoid any damage from a lawn mower.
That may be true in some cases where there is more sand in the soil, however, many areas have clay or rock which makes it a lot more difficult. The main issue to consider is that most homeowners have their automatic drip system set for one zone, designed to water their lawn. Most people don’t realize that their trees and plants should be set up on a separate zone. Unfortunately, when everything is setup on one zone, your trees and plants don’t get enough water to reach the roots at 24-30 inches deep. Using your Deep Drip® Watering Stakes will guarantee that no matter how long you water, the water will get down to the roots. Deep Drip® assists with deeper fertilization when adding fertilizer inside the shaft, prevents wasteful run-off when using with trees situated on a slope, and helps aerate the root zone by funneling oxygen through the stake, which is vital to your trees health. Using Deep Drip® is also a necessary tool to help you establish your new tree at the time of planting. It maintains your tree, and directs your roots to grow deep into the soil, instead of coming up to the surface looking for the water source.
That’s a great question, for optimal watering of both shallow and deep roots, you can include an emitter at the surface, to water in combination with Deep Drip®. In areas with a higher saline content, this will also help leach the salt out of the soil. It’s not required, but we like to recommend this combination in order for you to achieve a complete and efficient watering every time.
Would the 8 in version of these work with two liter soda bottles to water a vegetable garden? Would the two liter bottles screw into the top of the spikes?
The stake was designed to have a smaller water bottle 16.5 ounces attached to it if needed. However, we have found that by attaching the water bottle that it can be too much water flow at one time for the plant. We suggest for best results to either flood irrigate your garden or use a drip line with an adjustable emitter head.
We suggest you use an adjustable emitter head with ¼ inch drip line to control the water flow. A local nursery should be able to give you the best suggestion for exactly how many gallons of water your fruit trees need daily. Because there are so many variables, we leave those details up to nursery professionals who can make a better recommendation based on the following details:
- Regional soil density-the more compacted the soil, the slower and longer the water needs to run.
- Type of tree and its specific watering needs – i.e. A Ficus or Palm Tree will need a lot more water than a Mesquite tree.
- Number of Units – the more Deep Drip® units around your tree, the lower the flow that is needed (i.e. 5 stakes/emitters fcl 1 gph ea. or 2 stakes/emitters fcl 2 gph ea.)If you have an emitter that was too powerful and the water comes back up through the top of the shaft, that’s actually not a bad thing, especially since we recommend an emitter at the surface to water the shallow roots as well. There are also many adjustable emitters on the market that can be controlled from 0-10 gallons per hour, depending on how tightly they are rotated. Using this kind of emitter may be best, as a homeowner/landscaper could perform specific tests at different flow levels with the same emitter.
I have a number of young fruit trees, ranging from 3 to 6 feet tall, but all with quite small canopies, that each have one 4 gph drip emitter inside a 24 in Deep Drip watering stake. The stakes stick up about 7 in from the ground, meaning their points must be 17 in below the surface. It occurs to me that that may be lower than my trees’ roots. Do you think I should lift the stakes up somewhat so that they are applying water closer to the surface?
If the trees started as a smaller planting, it’s possible that the water may be bypassing the root ball. Our suggestion would be to pull the stakes up a little further out of the ground, so only about 14 in are in the ground. The wetting pattern will expand further past the length of the stake, so you’ll still be encouraging the roots to grow deeper. You could also use an adjustable flow rate emitter, which allow you to adjust the water flow from 0-14 GPH. Increasing the water flow a little may also help. As you see the tree is getting a little bigger (canopy is expanding) you can start pushing the stake a little further into the ground (via 3-5 lb. sledge hammer).