Designate a location for installation: Choose a spot free from underground lines and pipes; trees are recommended to have 2-3 stakes surrounding the base of the tree. If starting with 2 stakes, place on opposing sides of tree or when using 3 stakes (recommended) place in a triangular pattern (fig. 1). For optimal watering of both shallow and deep roots, you can include an emitter at the surface to water in combination with Deep Drip. In areas with higher saline content, this will also help leach salt out of the soil.
After your tree has been placed in the hole, insert 2-3 Deep Drip stakes vertically in the hole surrounding the tree. The stakes should be placed close to the base of the tree, without going into the root ball, before back-filling with soil. The top of your Deep Drip stake can either be above ground level (recommended) or below ground, depending on your preference. This of course is the easiest method of installation.
NEW TREE INSTALLATION
EXISTING TREE INSTALLATION
Since your tree is already in place, we recommend inserting a minimum of 2-3 Deep Drip stakes vertically around the base of your tree. On your existing tree, the stakes should be placed just inside the drip line, also known as the tree’s canopy. For best overall coverage, using 3 stakes placed on a triangular pattern is what we recommend. If you have a more mature tree and you feel your tree needs more water, you may choose to use additional stakes. As a guideline, look at the size of your trees canopy and consider placing the additional stakes every 4-5 feet apart, all around the base of your tree. This is just a guideline and we trust you will make the best decision for your plant. The top of your Deep Drip stake can either sit above ground level (recommended) or below ground, depending on your preference.
When installing Deep Drip on an existing tree where no hole exists, you will need to determine what the best and easiest option will be for your installation. Please remember safety first and always wear protective eye-wear. Now that we’ve touched on your safety, you’re ready for your Deep Drip installation. You can either hammer your Deep Drip stakes into the ground manually, using a rubber mallet or 3-5 lb. sledge hammer or use an auger bit to drill the hole first. To drive into the ground using a rubber mallet or 3-5 lb. sledge hammer, we recommend softening the soil with water first, place the slotted cap on the open end of the shaft without the drip line inserted. Using a heavier weighted sledge hammer, or hitting the cap at an angle instead of the very top of the domed cap, may result in failure and/or cracking. Please use the cap to hammer the stake in and do not directly hammer the uncapped end into the ground as this could break or destroy the shaft. Hammer Deep Drip completely into the ground or leave the cap and top hole visible, whichever is preferable (fig. 2).