Just recently I found out about a product called IrriPan weed mats. They looked interesting so I thought I'd give them a try. I ordered them from here.
Their web site claims that they multiply water by:
- Capture rain water falling in a 5 square root area and funnel it to your plant
- Prevent precious soil moisture from evaporating
- Keep weeds from stealing moisture from your plants
I would add that they'll also prevent chickens from digging up the roots.
|IrriPan weed mat|
These things capture rain water and focus it to the roots of the tree. Water will also condensate on the bottom and go back into the ground.
|Pear tree with IrriPan installed.|
|Second pear tree with IrriPan in place.|
|Peach tree. I put the logs there to prevent the chickens from scratching that area (which they tried to do as soon as I put the tree there).|
|Peach tree with IrriPan weed mat.|
|This is a mulberry tree. I'm hoping that one day it will produce fruit that my chickens will enjoy.|