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Weep Tube For Trees, Shrubs
A new plastic watering tube, designed with tiny weep holes, allows water to seep slowly into the ground, with little evaporation, around your favorite tree, shrub or house plant, says Caleb Industries, Sikeston, Mo.
You wrap the empty "Growth Ring", with the filler cap up, around the base of the tree, making sure the earth is slightly tapered downward to the trunk. Then fill the green tube with water from a garden hose. To keep ground moist around a small tree, an approximate guide might be 2 to 4 gal. per week, counting rainfall, with more in sandy soil.
"Other drip irrigation systems must be fed by a continuous supply of water," says distributor John Vombaur, Stutz-Davis Co., Los Angeles, Calif. "With the Growth Ring, you don't have to constantly drag out the garden hose to water your plants. You can fill the Growth Ring once and the watering lasts for 7 to 10 days. There's no over or underwatering. It also acts as an effective weed barrier. You can even fill it with water-soluble fertilizer to fertigate your plants."
The "Growth Ring" is available in two sizes. The 612-gal. model, useful for trees and shrubs, is 2 ft. in outside dia., 6 to 8 in. high, and has a 6-in. dia. center hole. The smaller house plant model is 6 in. in outside dia., 2 in. high, and has a 1-in. dia. or larger hole.
For more information, contact: FARM SHOW Followup, Caleb Industries, Inc., P.O. Box 1498, Sikeston, Mo. 63801 (ph 314 472-0471).

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1989 - Volume #13, Issue #4