Case Study Update: Commerce City, Colorado
Uriel Akiva’s TreeDiapers® have served him well over the past year, so he has provided us with an update. Uriel is the Parks Program Coordinator for Commerce City, Colorado.
Back in early July, 2017, it was found that over two dozen maples, catalpas, oaks and pears were showing severe drought stress symptoms even though the grass in the surrounding area, which was watered three times a week, was thriving. Within a month, it was clear that most of the trees were dying. A quick investigation uncovered that the moisture level at the root ball (4" deep) of one of these trees was below 20%. Uriel even marked this tree with red paint, indicating that it was dead and needed to be removed.
TreeDiaper® is a life saver for plants suffering from drought.
Round, 36-inch TreeDiapers® were installed the next day after being soaked overnight. The trees began to show new signs of life within a week, including the one marked with red paint. Aside from TreeDiaper®, the only irrigation was two routine watering runs of the grassy areas.
According to Akiva, "The soil moisture levels at 4” depth outside the TreeDiaper® ranges anywhere from 0-15%. Under the TreeDiaper®, the moisture level is now 50-70%."
“Needless to say, your product is wonderful." - Uriel Akiva
Those trees continue to flourish! That same summer, three trees were planted with watering bags and eight were planted with TreeDiaper®. After initially filling the watering bags with water, public works failed to irrigate the trees regularly and they soon died. Despite low precipitation, the trees with TreeDiaper® have survived to this day, and they look great!
TreeDiaper® takes care of your plants when you don’t have the time to. The following two photos are trees with and without TreeDiaper®. The results are clear; TreeDiaper® works in areas with low precipitation like Commerce City Colorado (less 20" per year)!
Save plants, save water, save labor, and save the planet!
Greg Litus, Manager, Colorado State University, Western Colorado Research Center