Tree Watering Bags

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A visitor asked me what the plastic green bags around trees all over
Chicago were for. I took this picture of a tree wrapped in one such bag
in the Loop recently. Like the pop bottle drip irrigation setup, these
green plastic bags are filled with water that is slowly delivered to
the root ball. As you can imagine, in the middle of all of this
concrete the surrounding soil of the tree doesn't collect much water. These green bags are filled with water that slowly drips out and allows the sidewalk tree to
establish itself in the first couple of years after being planted.

I
know we're in a recession and all, but wouldn't one of those metal
grates or miniature wrought iron fences one usually sees around urban trees be a better option than, PLYWOOD?

Filed under: Trees, Watering

Tags: @frontdoor, Chicago Trees

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  • Haha, I love this:

    "I know we're in a recession and all, but wouldn't one of those metal grates or miniature wrought iron fences one usually sees around urban trees be a better option than, PLYWOOD?"

    So true... it looks so tacky.

  • In reply to theseacow:

    Besides tacky, it is kinda mean. Poor tree has to live being covered by the remains of some of his or hers relatives.

  • Aside from being unattractive, it seems counterproductive to use plywood. Seems like it would prevent rain water from irrigating the trees. I wonder whose brilliant idea THAT was.

  • In reply to ssgardengirl:

    If I remember correctly this tree is along a side street for Block 37 which has been under development since Noah filled his Ark so the plywood may have been added to keep the soil from being compacted or the tree damaged while construction took place. But I agree with you about it preventing the tree from being irrigated.

  • I agree with ssgardengirl--my firth thought about the plywood was--duh! that's preventing rainwater from getting in AND adding to runoff! DOH!

  • In reply to gardenfaerie:

    Yup, see my reply to SSGardenGirl.

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