Wednesday, October 9, 2013

How to Use Tree Saucers

By Gary Boutin

Part and Supplies:  

Flat shovel
Steel pick axe

George Morco's new home had a tree that was strangled by the neighboring bushes. George lives nearby and we share the trees planted by our associations. George works as a local landscaper and travels the entire Inland Empire

We were talking about the trees when George realized that each tree needed a saucer. Using George's expertise, this post explains why each tree should have a tree saucer and how to create a saucer if your trees need them.

This post shows the four steps to install tree saucers.

Step 1: Fig.1 through fig.3 shows trees surrounded by bushes. Sure the tree gets water, but it shares it with the bushes.
Fig.1 Tree surrounded by bushes
Fig.2 Another tree by bushes 
Fig.3 Bushes
Step 2: Fig.4 through fig.6 shows many types of tree saucers and the tree saucers soil is so hard that the water can not feed the roots. These are near my neighborhood and some of the saucers have built in sprinklers to water the tree and a drain in case the sprinklers are over watered. We have special sprinklers that have dedicated feeding sprinklers for each tree. It's a complex system that works well for our trees. When guest see our trees they wonder why our trees seem to be healthier than theirs.  
Fig.4 Saucer
Fig.5 Saucer
Fig.6 Saucer
Step 3: Fig.7 and fig.8 shows that some saucers have soil that is so hard that the water does not reach the tree roots. Turning the dirt with a shovel and/or a pick will soften the soil to allow water to drain into the root. These saucers now have soil that will accept water nutrients.
Fig.7 Saucer
Fig.8 Saucer
Step 4: Fig.9 shows the water saucer is holding water and the irrigation drain diverts excess water stopping flooding. Job done and trees watered.
Fig.9 Water in saucer

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