This urban orchard project was started in June 2013 partnering with Chesterfield County Virginia. Two groups of ten fruit trees were planted on a field without irrigation. One group trees were installed with TreeDiaper® system and the other group trees were installed with watering bags. Watering (with water trucks) schedules and natural rainfall were recorded during the testing period.
Table 1. Watering cost estimation for two year maintenance.*(2013-2015)
|Cost Item, for 10 trees||TreeDiaper®||Watering bags|
|Irrigation water, gallon||0||1200|
|Cost of watering devices (retail price)||$250||$220|
|Water delivery cost||$0||$300|
|Labor cost for watering||$0||$600|
Greg Litus, Manager, Colorado State University, Western Colorado Research Center