Tree Watering Bags

April 19, 2022


It has been so dry here – much like the rest of the west/midwest. It’s been cold, too, but spring is marching along as best as it can.

I spent a lot of time in the late summer watering the trees on the playground. I don’t know if it did any good, but at least I’m trying. It took so long because I’d try to do it during our last recess and I was pretty much just standing in the spot that the hose would reach and aiming it at trees. It wasn’t very efficient.

Long ago, Lloyd had pointed out ‘those bags that you see attached to trees’ that he saw all over Lincoln, and I thought he was crazy. I’d never noticed them before, but lo-and-behold, they certainly were everywhere. That seemed like a good solution.

They are basically just two layers of tarp, sewn together with a zipper along the side. You zip it around the tree (using two if the trunk is too big), then fill it up with water (there’s a spot at the top where the two side are not sewn). It holds about 20 gallons of water and slowly releases it over 6 hours or so. I bought three, and they’ll just be in rotation every weekend.

Thanks for the idea, Lloyd!

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Lauren Sommerer is a preschool teacher who likes to build prototypes, grow cats, cook things once, save money, reduce, reuse and recycle.

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One Response to “Tree Watering Bags”

  1. Brad Said on:

    I’ve wondered about using those, but never tried them. I hope they’re successful! Trees are our friends 🙂


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