How to Install DEEP DRIP® Watering Stakes
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Placing Your Stakes
- Be mindful of the plant’s root system and any underground obstructions (pipes, rocks, power lines, etc) If you hit a rock or a boulder, your DEEP DRIP® stake will need to be moved to a new location.
- For flowers, fruits, vegetables, & other small garden plants: install one 8″ stake on either side of the plant
- For shallow root plants like shrubs, vines, potted plants, & small/ornamental trees: install 2-3 of our 14” stakes around the plant in a triangle or on either side, close to the plant’s base but avoiding the root ball.
- For medium trees, including existing or newly planted trees, fruit trees, and saplings: install 2-3 of our 24″ stakes outside the tree root ball (new trees) or tree canopy (existing trees), either using 2 stakes on either side of the trunk or 3 in a triangle.
- The tree canopy is the area bordered by the farthest reaching branches and leaves
- For large, established trees or palms: install our 36″ stakes 4-5 ft. apart within the tree’s canopy, avoiding the root ball. The larger the tree, the more stakes you will need.
Installing Your Stakes
- Manually hammer your DEEP DRIP® stakes into the ground, using a rubber mallet with our 8” stake or a 3-5 lb. sledgehammer with any of the other sizes.
- Directly hammer the top of your stake’s domed cap, without the drip line connected. (fig. 2) Hitting the cap at an angle may result in failure and/or cracking. Do not directly hammer the uncapped stake into the ground as this could break or destroy the shaft.
- Leave the stake’s cap on and the shaft’s top hole exposed for maximum aeration & easy removal.
- However, if you are placing your stake near where you may use a lawnmower, you can hammer your stake deeper below the surface. Aeration and removal may be affected.
- For harder ground, we recommend pre-saturating the soil with water and/or using a soil softener ahead of time
- You can also use a 1.25-inch auger bit to pre-drill a hole where you wish to place the stake for even easier installation
- For optimal watering of both shallow and deep roots, include a surface emitter to water in combination with DEEP DRIP®. In areas with higher saline content, this will also help leach salt out of the soil.
Using with Drip Line Irrigation
- Once positioned in the ground, remove your stake’s cap
- Attach an adjustable emitter head to the end of your ¼” drip line
- Insert the end of your drip line downwards into the stake, with the emitter head sitting halfway between the shaft’s first and second holes.
- Slide your stake’s notched cap over the drip line tube then place the cap back on to the stake’s shaft, securing the line in place and stopping excess debris from entering the shaft.
Hose or Flood Irrigation
- Create a berm/well around your plant; larger plants will need a larger berm/well and more stakes (follow the stake placement guide for instruction on how many stakes your plant will need).
- Inside the berm/well, bury stakes, leaving the stake’s cap on and top hole just above ground
- Place your hose on a slow, but steady flow within the berm/well
- As the berm/well fills up, water will flow into the top hole of your stake, watering deep down to your plant’s roots
- Ask your local nursery professional for specific recommendations on watering levels, times, and refill rates specific to your plant’s needs
Using with Fertilizer
- After installing your stake, remove the stake’s cap
- Evenly disperse your chosen fertilizer among all of the plant’s installed stakes, following the recommended amount of fertilizer per package instructions
- Pour liquid, powder, water-soluble, or granulated fertilizer/nutrients directly into the open shaft of your installed stake.
- Water will pass through the stake and soil, slowly dissolving nutrients and feeding your plants at the root
- Read the package instructions carefully and remember not to over-fertilize or burn your plants’ roots
- Ask your local nursery professional for specific recommendations on the best fertilizer for your plant’s needs.
Removing and Repositioning Stakes
- Removing 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. (fig.5).
- To Re-position: Your DEEP DRIP® stakes are easily repositionable as your tree grows! Simply remove stakes (described above) and reposition 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 it grows.
- If you have dense, tough, hard, or compacted soil; pre-soak the planting area and/or use a soil softener to soften the ground before installation.
- Once the area is well-saturated, hammer your DEEP DRIP® Stake into the ground as far as it will go. Take the cap off and run water directly into the stake to start softening the soil from below.
- Repeat the process until you have driven the stake all the way into the ground, leaving the stake’s top hole exposed
- You can also use a 1.25-inch auger bit to pre-drill a hole where you wish to place the stake for even easier installation! Again, please be cautious of any underground lines or pipes and do not install where they may exist.
- Prevent Root Intrusion: Twist your stakes once every six months to help guard against roots entering and damaging your stakes. Do so by sliding a screwdriver or rod into the stake’s exposed top hole and twisting.
- Cleaning Your Stakes: Because of the stake’s innovative honeycomb grated holes, the only reason your stake may need to be cleaned is the rare buildup of mineral deposits. To clean, remove the stake and dip into a solution that dissolves calcium. Rinse with clean water and reinstall. Remember, you will be placing your stakes back into the soil, so be sure to thoroughly rinse all the solution out of the stake.