How To Water Tree Roots Using a PVC Pipe

Planting a tree in your home or yard is a great way to get shade and add privacy to your space. It’s also a beautiful addition to any space. One of the things you have to consider when growing a tree is to make sure that you adequately water it. It may be a little tricky to water the tree enough so that the deepest roots get proper moisture. Depending on the type of soil in your area, the water penetration level of the ground may make it difficult to get adequate moisture down to the tree roots. A solution is to use a PVC pipe.

Using a PVC pipe, you can make an efficient water delivery system so that the water is brought directly to the roots of the tree. Here’s how to water tree roots using a PVC pipe.

  • Prepare your tools. You will need a PVC water tube. This can be purchased at any hardware store. The length of tube you need will depend on how deep the roots are of the tree. You will need at least 18 to 24 inches of pipe. You will need a drill with a small drill bit and a shovel. If you have one, get a post hole digger.
  • Prepare the PVC pipe. Drill holes along the length of the pipe, spacing it about 1.5 to 2 inches apart. Prepare around two to four PVC pipes to be set around the tree.
  • Choose the tree that you want to install the PVC pipe at. If you are planting the tree, make sure that it won’t run into any sewer lines, septic tank or perimeter fence. If you look up, the growth of the tree shouldn’t hit any power lines when it reaches its full height. Choose a section on the ground about a foot away from the root ball of the tree.
  • Using a shovel or a post hole digger, dig a hole in the ground. The hole you make should let you place the pipe in a vertical position, without hitting or damaging the roots of the tree.
  • Place the pipe vertically in the hole you have just dug. About two to three inches of the pipe should be above ground. Make sure to make the holes facing towards the tree so that when the water is poured in, the water will flow towards the roots.
  • Secure the pipe by putting back the surrounding soil. Be careful not to get soil inside the tubing of the pipe. The space inside the tube should be clear because this will be the passageway of the water you will later on put inside the pipe.
  • Demarcate the area around the pipe protrusion using the soil. You can fill this space with some water.
  • If you are using more than one PVC pipe around the tree, repeat the process.
  • Get your garden hose. Place the nozzle of the hose directly on top of the opening spout of the PVC pipe. Turn on the water. The water will now go in the pipe and will flow out of the holes under ground. If you don’t have a garden hose, you can also pour water directly into the protruding end of the pipe using a bucket.

Use the cover of the PVC pipe to cover the pipe when not in use. You can fill the tube with water and cover it with a cap then leave it alone. Water every two weeks.


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