In the arid landscape of Arizona, water and shade are at a premium.
Residents searching for an effective way to keep cool without wasting water decided to try out our TreeDiapers for trees and container plants! One area in particular was a problem- the side of the building is especially sunny and inhospitable. Many attempts to plant and grow just about anything in this area have proved unsuccessful; however, with the use of TreeDiaper for container plants, the plants survived!
From the article by CBS 5 on azfamily.com:
The goal is to conserve scarce desert resources while planting new trees to ease some of the worst urban heat island effects in the country.
"Trees provide shade, and shade keeps areas cooler, but we also want to be able to do that in a way that saves water," said Hollander.
The diapers are made from recycled diapers, hence the name, and are currently being tested on eight trees at the City Hall campus.
"It absorbs the water, and then releases that water to the soil as the soil dries, rather than having to constantly apply irrigation water," said Hollander.
They also slow down the evaporation process after it rains. Hollander believes the tree diapers are incredibly cost-effective.
Original article at http://www.azfamily.com/story/37219642/treediaper-study-underway-in-peoria