Discover the Benefits of an Easy-to-Maintain Root Feeder for a Healthy Garden
Using a root feeder is an effective and safe way to inject fertilizers and plant food directly into the root system, encouraging healthy growth and stronger root systems. The root feeders come in two forms; ones with a hose connection and ones with a permanently mounted injector.
For root feeder systems with a hose connection, first make sure that any hoses that are connected to the feeder reservoir are securely fitted, completely tight and free from leaks. Then mix the fertilizers and plant food outputs according to the manufacturer’s instructions, and turn the water off at the feeder. The fertilizer can be in the form of pellets, tablets or a liquid mix, which is either part of the feeder unit already or needs to be filled in separately.
Next, push the spike into the ground outside of the root zone of the plant or tree. The feeder should remain in a vertical position. Once the spike is in the ground, turn on the water at the feeder, allowing the water to flow over the top of the feeder reservoir, drawing and mixing the fertilizer and water. This will then flow down the spike into the ground, directly at the roots.
When the required amount has been delivered, turn off the water and remove the spike from the ground. Take care to not damage any plants with the hose and to ensure that the hose is not bent at any point, as this can affect the flow of water and result in not enough of the feeder being used.
For the second form of root feeder, an injector is permanently mounted in the root zone of the plant or tree. The top of the injector fits into a socket in the bottom of the attached reservoir, which contains 5 gallons of fertilizer mix, which drains through the injector into the root system. This process is a bit slower than the hosepipe system but equally as effective.
Using a root feeder is an easy process that encourages and strengthens root systems, allowing them to reach for more moisture directly. In time, this will result in healthier, stronger plants with more established roots.