Frequently Asked Questions
How does the “Subterranean Plant Root Basket and Reservoir” system work?
The “Subterranean Plant Root Basket and Reservoir” system works by taking advantage of the simple laws of nature, starting with the laws of gravity.
- Law #1—Water flows downward and outward. By creating a system where water flows inward from the bottom of the reservoir towards the upper levels of the plant upper hydration is provided. A second route is provided where water is channeled through armored soaker hoses to even lower levels, providing even deeper root hydration.
- Law #2—Once the system is in place, plant roots will naturally seek the hydration flows. The water from the top encourages downward and outward growth, while the water at the soaker hose irrigation points encourages roots to grow in a downward manner.
- Law#3—Deep and outward root growth is the prime determinant for healthy plant growth. Roots that remain at or near the surface can stagnate or even kill a plant over time.
How does the “Subterranean Plant Root Basket and Reservoir” protect plant roots?
In some areas there are animals that live mainly underground. These animals emerge to gather food and then return underground. Others, however, burrow through the earth in search of roots to feed upon. By creating an underground barrier these animals are detoured from consuming plant root balls and destroying plants. The green mesh containment material discourages and in many cases prevents animal penetration.
Does the “Subterranean Plant Root Basket and Reservoir” system protect plants year round?
“Subterranean Plant Root Basket and Reservoir” system provides year round coverage in three modes.
- Direct water infusion during growing season.
- In addition to water, means are provided for nutrients/minerals infusion.
- In off season use, in unfrozen ground, hydration means are provided to infuse water/nutrients/minerals. This is especially important in seasons of low natural hydration via snow and rainfall.
What are the basics in how the Plant It Right system function?
The Plant It Right plant protection system is a system that takes into account the full and total needs of plants. The system encourages and enhances methods of surviving and thriving in plant growth. The system is a bottom to top mechanism that provides for optimum coverage. The system provides for direct nourishment of the root system with NO loss of water/nutrients/minerals due to evaporation. It provides a means for root protection via an underground subterranean plant root baskets that encapsulates the root ball and prevents entry by burrowing animals. The Subterranean Plant Root Basket and Reservoir system is a permanent underground fixture that provides for years of reliable access to root and root systems, the heart of any plant structure.
Are there other means to enhance tree and shrub growth?
In addition to providing water/nutrients/minerals, try adding earthworms. Earthworms are nature’s greatest workhorses. In addition to creating voids in soil, their waste products encourage a positive medium for root formation and health.
What are the major advantages of subsurface hydration?
- The first advantage is the supplying of water directly to the root system in quantity and without evaporation. Via this delivery mechanism, less water translates into more water by multiple factors. Thus, savings are obtained through lower water costs and water is used in a more efficient manner.
- The second advantage results from water/nutrients/minerals being directly infused toward the major and minor root systems. Instead of having to rely on downward percolation (which can be ineffective and wasteful of water) hydration processes occur thoroughly and throughout the root systems in a direct manner.
- The third advantage is that the system stays in place permanently. By remaining fixed, the system can be used for years, thus ensuring above average and vibrant results. In the years to come, root systems grow through and around the system, but the system remains providing intense hydration without evaporation.
- The fourth advantage involves providing the ability to infuse water during off season periods. Many plants actually die in the off season via the lack of hydration. Most plants require hydration year round, though less hydration in off season months. By establishing a mechanism where water can be poured into the reservoir when the soil is not frozen, an avenue is established where water can lubricate soil, penetrate roots and not freeze at the surface.
- The fifth advantage, by avoiding evaporation and providing for the direct allocation of water/nutrients/minerals, extensive multiples of hydration are accumulated. Bottom line, the more effective use of water in lesser amounts actually means a more effective water usage.
The system provides for deep and though hydration from the moment liquid is poured into to it.
Why so big of a hole?
PLANT IT RIGHT, our name says it all. The creation of a properly sized hole in regards to planting a tree or shrub will greatly enhance a successful planting. Mistake number one, in tree and shrub plantings is to plant a tree that just barely fits the hole—BIG MISTAKE!! A hole must be of proper depth and circumference in order for successful germination to occur.
Further, new trees and shrubs need a soil medium that has been turned, aerated and decompressed in order to permit breathable soil that will encourage proper root development and growth.
By requiring the creation of a hole that is of a proper size, half the battle is won. The dimensions of the product require a hole of a proper width and depth.
Further, when possible ¼ to 1/3 of the soil should be amended to provide a “rich” environment where nutrients and minerals are readily available for the new planting. Remember nutrients and minerals are what plant roots feed upon.
By use of the Subterranean Plant Root Basket supplemental nutrients and minerals can be directly supplied in the years to come via liquid infusions.
Lastly, digging a big hole is actually very simple; please see “How to dig a proper size hole”
How to dig a proper sized hole.
The formula for digging a properly sized hole is to follow the minimum of 2x rule. Meaning if the root ball is 12 inches in diameter, multiplying by 2, this means you need an 24 inch diameter hole at a minimum.
You can either select a 24 inch, 30 inch or 36 inch Subterranean Plant Root Basket systems to fulfill your circumference In regards to depth, the planting depth of the Subterranean Plant Root Basket system is 18 inches, therefore the top of the root ball should be level or slightly depressed with ground level of the area where the planting is to occur. If the bottom of the root ball extends 8 to 12 inches into the ground, backfill 6 to 10 inches into the hole, set the root ball in place, then back fill the sides.
Remember roots grow OUTWARD as well as DOWNWARD. By planting in this manner you are assured of good soil coverage in all areas.
In the digging of the hole, the easiest way to dig a hole, (even in hard soil) is to dig out what you can and then soak the hole with water. Once the water drains enlarge the hole and repeat. You will find that in no time you can dig a large hole. And in doing so you have created a hole where proper depth and circumference creates the conditions where a successful planting can occur.
Remember, “Never plant a $300 or $400 dollar tree in a $30 or $40 dollar hole”. A little extra effort can and will ensure greater success.
What happens when roots approach the basket enclosure?
The purpose of the basket enclosure is to protect the root ball, the heart of the plant. As roots expand they will guide themselves to and though the openings of the mesh. At this point, the plant is established and is capable of sustaining itself. Depending on the size of the basket chosen some roots may not extend past the basket enclosure. The mesh is pliable. Further, as roots expand they create network upon network. The greater the network the more resistant the root ball is from attack.
What is irrigation? What is drip irrigation? What is portable hydration drip irrigation? What is armored soaker hose irrigation?
Irrigation is the bringing of water to soil that is either partially arid or completely arid. In bringing water to the affected area, land that may not be suitable for the cultivation of plants may now be more hospitable to the cultivation of plants. General irrigation involves the mass spreading of water over a wide area to ensure coverage. Irrigation in this mode is very wasteful and can be inefficient.
Drip irrigation is the placing of tubes connected to emitters containing water at or near a plant. Water is administered to the plant via the emitters that slowly drip water near the base of the plant. In this manner all plants in an area can be covered in regards to hydration needs. Though more efficient than general irrigation the method can BE HIGHLY inefficient in hot weather due to surface evaporation.
Portable hydration drip irrigation involves the direct injection of water toward the root level and downward. Portable drip irrigation is achieved by various methods. Via the “Subterranean Plant Root Basket and Reservoir” a hole is dug out and the unit is placed into the hole. The hole is then partially back filled and the root ball is inserted on top of the back fill and sized to proper dimensions, both horizontally and vertically.
The unit functions via water being poured into the water entry ports where it then flows into the reservoir. At the upper levels of the reservoir water is infused and distributed via the adapters in a downward and outward manner. Water is further distributed via the vertical connecting legs in a downward manner where they then connect with armored cable soaker hose connections. In this manner water is provided to the under level of the root ball in a crisscross manner.
Both mechanisms provide for complete and total coverage of the root ball area.
How far down do tree roots go?
Contrary to popular assumptions, most trees roots DO NOT grow straight down. In fact 75% of most tree and shrub roots are found within 24 inches of the surface. This is why the Plant It Right system is ideal for deep root hydration. In the basket mode the system directs water towards the root system in an outward and downward manner. The more outward and downward root systems grow the more stable the plant.
Tree roots tend to grow downward and outward in the shape of a wine glass. The Plant It Right system takes this into account by providing a vector in both directions. Further, it encourages growth in the same manner. Even after the roots grow past the initial drip irrigation and soaker hose emission points.
Doesn’t gravity force water to lower levels of roots.
Yes and no. If soil is water logged, even compacted soil will eventually soften and permit water to penetrate to lower levels, however most soil is not waterlogged. Most soil is compacted via gravity and this causes the soil to compresses upon itself. Under these conditions compacted soil requires extensive amounts of watering to soften the soil in order to permit deep hydration penetration of lower levels. The Plant It Right system eliminates this encumbrance by providing deeper lower water points.
Water/nutrients/minerals emerge 12 to 18 inches below the surface and go straight to roots where they are needed. These advanced points of emission are permanent fixtures that are available now or in the future.
Does the use of the Subterranean hydration system make if unnecessary to externally water a plant?
It is a good idea to always spray down foliage at each water cycle as a preventative to external disease formation on upper plant structures. Briefly spray down the leaves, the branches and the trunk. Then fill the reservoir and forget it, until your next water cycle. With some plants the spraying of fungicides or other disease retardants may also be necessary.
In addition to deep and concentrated hydration, What are the other advantages to the Plant It Right system?
The Plant It Right system provides the means to cultivate plants in isolated spots where they could otherwise not be grown. For instance, once the unit is installed water can be carted to the plant and the plant serviced. The irony being that the nearby area may be void and/or desolate of vegetation.
Plants growing under these situations can be grown singularly or in groups. Under this mode, islands of greenery can be created where the land was once desolate.