Tree Planting Scheduled for Sunday March 11, 2 PM for 8 Bus Stops in Wooten, North Shoal Creek, Allandale. Sustainable Neighborhoods (SN) is partnering with CapMetro on a trial of a device called a Groasis Waterboxx that should self-irrigate small seedlings during their vital first year in the ground. This will be the first trial of the device in Austin for street trees.
The tree seedlings are tiny - just 4" liners. The waterboxxes are about the size of a large tire. They are donut shaped and wrap around the seedling, buffering it and emitting moisture very slowly. The waterboxx's water bladder absorbs heat during the day and releases it at night, causing water to condensate and refill the bladder.
While the small size of the trees means it will be longer before they reach maturity, the fact that they are planted at a smaller size means they should be healthier and grow faster. With less effort required to water the trees, many more can be planted. The waterboxxes themselves are reusable.
Volunteers should meet at the northeast corner of the Ross Dress for Less parking lot at 8100 Burnet. We'll deploy the first two waterboxxes at a nearby bus stop, then break up into teams to plant trees at the remaining seven bus stops. As always, axes and shovels are appreciated.
Bus stop locations and proposed tree sites. Note on last slide - Lazy Ln is on Anderson, not Burnet.
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