I. How Tree Diapers & GardenMats work
2.) TreeDiaper pellets absorbs and hold water for an extended time
3.) Water is slowly released to soil and plant roots
II. What are TreeDiapers & GardenMats for?
III. What are TreeDiapers like?
A few questions I had for Zynnovation...
Can I use my GardenMats/Diaper’s year-round by using them outdoors during the summer months and then bring them inside for the rest of the year?
- You can use it either way, especially if you have a greenhouse or indoor garden. Perfect for indoor pots and containers.
Are they reusable? Can I use the mat in one raised bed this year and another the following year? How many years can I expect to get out of a TreeDiaper/GardenMat?
- They can be reused for many years for different garden areas and moved around. We do not know how many years yet. The longest field test was 3 years. They are still in good shape and those have been moved to news trees planted this year---also answered another question below. look at this report about the earliest field test.
- This field test did use mulch to cover the TreeDiaper. So it definitely slowed the degradation.
Do they break down similar to the way black sheeting/landscape fabric breaks down in the garden? Do the pellets leak out into the garden?
- Yes, given enough time, they will break down. The pellets are agriculture grade SAP. Just leave them in the soil. They are benign.
Once the TreeDiaper fills up with water, does it stay that way? If you pulled it from the garden would it become completely emptied of water?
- The water release rate is super slow. Our controlled environment test showed that it completely depletes in 40 days. I used one on a office plant and it took two months to dry down.
How much water does each of your products hold? How long can I expect them to retain this water?
- Their design capacity can be found on our website. The outdoor water retention time is affected by rain, humidity, as well as many other weather conditions. We have a garden without watering for almost 2 yrs (last time we use a hose was July 2014). The TreeDiaper mats were never watered since they were installed, even during the summer 2014 drought. We have roughly 3-4 in of rain each month.
- For indoor plants, I have one without watering for 2 months. Then again, the room temperature, humidity level, air flow and plants' transpiration rate all count.
Should the TreeDiapers be stored indoors for the winter? Our winters are brutal here. What would happen if you left them out?
- No problem by leaving out. When it becomes ice, it does not care how brutal the winter is. It does offer one layer of insulation for your plants. We have seen grapes bud earlier in spring and lose leaves later in fall.
Do the GardenMats/TreeDiaper’s need to be buried for outdoor or indoor use? Must I use mulch for all types?
5 Things I love about this product....
2.) It is fabulous how it retains rain water and slowly releases it to the plant roots. After all, rain water is the best water for your plants ~ they love it!
3.) Our GardenMat in particular cuts down on weeds in our raised beds as it functions as groundcover. Wow. It's great at smothering weeds!
4.) Indoor and outdoor use. Yay!
5.) It can be left out all winter so storage is not an issue. Appreciate how it insulates the plants too!
One winner will recieve the below items at a $137 value!
- 18"x72" GardenMat, with 6 precut holes for flowers and vegetables
20" TreeDiaper, can be used for large containers or ground plants
16" TreeDiaper, can be used for large containers or ground plants
12" TreeDiaper-twin-pack, for small container plants (indoor or outdoor)
10" TreeDiaper-twin-pack, for small container plants (indoor or outdoor)
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