FAQ's

Frequently Asked Questions

Getting Started

Yes, to use a hose with the DEEP DRIP® stakes, create a flood irrigation system with a small well around your plant, rather than directly putting the hose into the stake. Directly inserting a hose into the stake will force water to enter too quickly; flooding the root zone and possibly damaging your plant. Install your stakes within the well, then fill the well with a hose. Water will then drain down and out of the stakes, deep watering at your plants roots.
Yes, this is one of the main functions of our DEEP DRIP® stakes. Our stakes allow water-soluble fertilizer to reach deep into the root zone for optimal absorption. The stake’s shaft is lined with grated holes which aerates soil, allowing oxygen to flow deep to the root zone, which is vital for the health of your tree. Of course, the stakes also saturate water deeper into the soil, encouraging deeper and healthier root systems. Many customers have shared stories about how DEEP DRIP® Stakes helped bring their trees back to health.

No, the cap for the 14”, 24”, and 36” stakes were specifically engineered to withstand the force of repeated hits by a 3-5 lb. sledgehammer. We’ve put this cap through serious R&D tests including driving a car over a cap numerous times, and hitting a cap over 1,000 times with a 5 lb. sledgehammer while installing.

The 8” cap does not need to be installed with a sledgehammer since it does not go as far into the ground. It is meant to be used with a rubber mallet and not a sledgehammer.

After installing your stake, remove the top cap, and pour liquid or water soluble fertilizer/nutrients directly into the stake. Water will pass through and slowly dissolve nutrients, feeding your plants at the root. Evenly disperse your chosen fertilizer among all of the plant’s installed stakes. Read the package instructions carefully and remember not to over-fertilize or burn your plants’ roots!

We suggest using an adjustable emitter head (0-15 gallons per hour) with a ¼ inch drip line to control water flow. A local nursery or landscape professional will be able to give you the best suggestion for exactly what flow rate will serve your plant best. For the best possible advice, consider these variables: plant species’ specific water/root needs, the irrigation system you are using , regional soil density, and number of stakes – the more DEEP DRIP® Stakes around your plant, the lower the flow needed

Getting Started

Yes, to use a hose with the DEEP DRIP® stakes, create a flood irrigation system with a small well or berm around your plant, rather than directly putting the hose into the stake. Directly inserting a hose into the stake will force water to enter too quickly; flooding the root zone and possibly damaging your plant.

Yes, this is one of the main functions of our DEEP DRIP® stakes. Our stakes allow water-soluble fertilizer to reach deep into the root zone for optimal absorption. The stake’s shaft is lined with grated holes which aerates soil, allowing oxygen to flow deep to the root zone, which is vital for the health of your tree. Of course, the stakes also saturate water deeper into the soil, encouraging deeper and healthier root systems. Many customers have shared stories about how DEEP DRIP® Stakes helped bring their trees back to health.

No, the cap for the 14”, 24”, and 36” stakes were specifically engineered to withstand the force of repeated hits by a 3-5 lb. sledgehammer. We’ve put this cap through serious R&D tests including driving a car over a cap numerous times, and hitting a cap over 1,000 times with a 5 lb. sledgehammer while installing.

The 8” cap does not need to be installed with a sledgehammer since it does not go as far into the ground. It is meant to be used with a rubber mallet and not a sledgehammer.

After installing your stake, remove the top cap, and pour liquid or water soluble fertilizer/nutrients directly into the stake. Water will pass through and slowly dissolve nutrients, feeding your plants at the root. Evenly disperse your chosen fertilizer among all of the plant’s installed stakes. Read the package instructions carefully and remember not to over-fertilize or burn your plants’ roots!

We suggest using an adjustable emitter head (0-15 gallons per hour) with a ¼ inch drip line to control water flow. A local nursery or landscape professional will be able to give you the best suggestion for exactly what flow rate will serve your plant best. For the best possible advice, consider these variables: plant species’ specific water/root needs, the irrigation system you are using , regional soil density, and number of stakes – the more DEEP DRIP® Stakes around your plant, the lower the flow needed

Tough surfaces may make you feel like you’re stuck between a rock and a hard place, but that’s exactly why you need DEEP DRIP® Watering Stakes. Our stakes are perfect for tough soil. Compacted soil only allows for water to reach 3-4” into the ground, even after surface watering for hours. Using DEEP DRIP® stakes allows you to water from 20-50” (depending on stake size) into compacted soil and guarantees deep root growth in even the toughest of places.

As for installation, pre-saturating the soil and/or using a soil softener around the area is recommended.

You may also find it helpful to use a 1.25” auger bit to pre-drill a hole where you wish to place the stake. If you hit a rock or a boulder when hammering your stake in, it will need to be moved.

Yes, DEEP DRIP® Watering Stakes are built of ABS plastic, designed to hold up under both extreme high and low temperatures, from 0°F to 180°F.  We recommend installing your stakes before temperatures reach below 0°F. It is best to winterize your irrigation system with DEEP DRIP® Watering Stakes before winter temperatures set in.
Yes, rain is a form of surface watering which is not as effective as deep root watering. Rain is also not a reliable, constant source of water compared to an automatic drip system or tree/plant well. DEEP DRIP® Watering Stakes direct plant roots to grow deep into the soil, instead of coming up to the surface looking for a surface/shallow water source like rainwater. Our stakes will guarantee that water will reach deep into your plants’ roots consistently and effectively. Our stakes don’t just water your plants, they also deliver fertilizer and aerate roots, which rain cannot do.
In areas with a higher saline content using both an emitter head at the surface in combination with DEEP DRIP® will help leach the salt out of the soil.

Different Climates

Tough surfaces may make you feel like you’re stuck between a rock and a hard place, but that’s exactly why you need DEEP DRIP® Watering Stakes. Our stakes are perfect for tough soil. Compacted soil only allows for water to reach 3-4” into the ground, even after surface watering for hours. Using DEEP DRIP® stakes allows you to water from 20-50” (depending on stake size) into compacted soil and guarantees deep root growth in even the toughest of places.

As for installation, pre-saturating the soil and/or using a soil softener around the area is recommended.

You may also find it helpful to use a 1.25” auger bit to pre-drill a hole where you wish to place the stake. If you hit a rock or a boulder when hammering your stake in, it will need to be moved.

Yes, DEEP DRIP® Watering Stakes are built of ABS plastic, designed to hold up under both extreme high and low temperatures, from 0°F to 180°F.  We recommend installing your stakes before temperatures reach below 0°F. It is best to winterize your irrigation system with DEEP DRIP® Watering Stakes before winter temperatures set in.
Yes, rain is a form of surface watering which is not as effective as deep root watering. Rain is also not a reliable, constant source of water compared to an automatic drip system or tree/plant well. DEEP DRIP® Watering Stakes direct plant roots to grow deep into the soil, instead of coming up to the surface looking for a surface/shallow water source like rainwater. Our stakes will guarantee that water will reach deep into your plants’ roots consistently and effectively. Our stakes don’t just water your plants, they also deliver fertilizer and aerate roots, which rain cannot do.

In areas with a higher saline content using both an emitter head at the surface in combination with DEEP DRIP® will help leach the salt out of the soil.

Different Climates

Special Cases

Yes! DEEP DRIP® watering stakes are meant to be easily removed or repositioned in any situation. To remove the stakes; Insert a screwdriver or rod through the stake’s exposed top hole, just below the cap of your stake. Slide the rod through the shaft, twist and pull up to remove the stake.  To reposition or replace your stakes; remove stakes and re-install them so that they sit just inside your tree’s canopy. At this time, you may choose to add additional stakes or switch stakes out for a larger size if needed. Large trees will require additional stakes as they grow.

Much like directly using a hose, attaching a bottle directly to the stake will likely flood the stake with too much water too quickly, leading to possible root damage.
Instead, either flood irrigate your garden or use a drip line with an adjustable emitter head.

Special Cases

Yes! DEEP DRIP® watering stakes are meant to be easily removed or repositioned in any situation. To remove the stakes; Insert a screwdriver or rod through the stake’s exposed top hole, just below the cap of your stake. Slide the rod through the shaft, twist and pull up to remove the stake.  To reposition or replace your stakes; remove stakes and re-install them so that they sit just inside your tree’s canopy. At this time, you may choose to add additional stakes or switch stakes out for a larger size if needed. Large trees will require additional stakes as they grow.

Much like directly using a hose, attaching a bottle directly to the stake will likely flood the stake with too much water too quickly, leading to possible root damage.
Instead, either flood irrigate your garden or use a drip line with an adjustable emitter head.

We do not offer returns on any of our products purchased through our website. Our products are final sale and cannot be returned or exchanged. The only exception to this policy is in the case of a faulty or damaged product caused through a manufacturing error. In this case we do offer a free exchange within 30 days of receiving your order. You will need to provide photos of the faulty product to info@deepdrip.com as well as your invoice # and/or attach a screenshot of your confirmation email. Exchange requests must be made from the same email used when purchasing the product.  

Standard shipping time is 7-10 business days. Tracking numbers will be emailed to customer. 

Shipping & Returns

We do not offer returns on any of our products purchased through our website. Our products are final sale and cannot be returned or exchanged. The only exception to this policy is in the case of a faulty or damaged product caused through a manufacturing error. In this case we do offer a free exchange within 30 days of receiving your order. You will need to provide photos of the faulty product to info@deepdrip.com as well as your invoice # and/or attach a screenshot of your confirmation email. Exchange requests must be made from the same email used when purchasing the product.  

Standard shipping time is 7-10 business days. Tracking numbers will be emailed to customer. 

Shipping & Returns

How to buy

Yes, our stakes are available in bulk to qualified customers after completing our approval process. Our special bulk pricing categories are agriculture, commercial, landscaping, government/parks, and non-profit or education. We also have applications available to become a wholesaler or distributor. Check out our special applications page for more details on buying in bulk.

Yes, our stakes are available in brick and mortar locations across the country. Retail DEEP DRIP® products are located in over 400 retail store locations across the United States including Home Depot, Lowes, ACE, Walmart, and local nurseries. Refer to our Store Locator and see which stores near you carry DEEP DRIP®.
Our stakes are available to qualified international distributors, but in general, are not available for individual sale overseas. Reach out and see if distributors near you carry the stake or ask if they can get them in stock. If you want to see DEEP DRIP® in your country let us know and we can work on establishing a distributor near you.

How to Buy

Yes, our stakes are available in bulk to qualified customers after completing our approval process. Our special bulk pricing categories are agriculture, commercial, landscaping, government/parks, and non-profit or education. We also have applications available to become a wholesaler or distributor. Check out our special applications page for more details on buying in bulk.

Yes, our stakes are available in brick and mortar locations across the country. Retail DEEP DRIP® products are located in over 400 retail store locations across the United States including Home Depot, Lowes, ACE, Walmart, and local nurseries. Refer to our Store Locator and see which stores near you carry DEEP DRIP®.
Our stakes are available to qualified international distributors, but in general, are not available for individual sale overseas. Reach out and see if distributors near you carry the stake or ask if they can get them in stock. If you want to see DEEP DRIP® in your country let us know and we can work on establishing a distributor near you.

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We are always happy to help!

Email us at info@deepdrip.com