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Not sure a root feeder is needed, but 'enjoying wiserwand for spot watering

 
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There was an article on gardenmyths.com about root feeders not being advantageous over a surface soak.
However, I wanted a tool to replace the Ross feeder that I had, since it was leaking profusely, perhaps a slight crack in the plastic.
So far I'm enjoying the Wiserwand. Here's a link:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-VIJ3q1Coxk

https://wiserwatering.com/

It provides good control of surface watering as well as getting under the mulch. The foot pegs prevent the probe from going deeper than about eight inches.
 
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Have you used it with a pump sprayer? How did it do?
 
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Sorry not to have replied sooner. I've been picking from my four tart cherry trees. I haven't tried a backpack sprayer. The less expensive ones, like the one in the wiserwand video (not sure that one is still being sold) didn't get good reviews for durability. I did see a Milwaukee one in an ad with a motor, electric I believe, and that was several hundred dollars. Also, the soil I'm dealing with is fairly hard clay and I'm not sure a backpack sprayer would have the same pressure as the garden hose. So, after considering this article:

https://www.gardenmyths.com/deep-root-fertilization-trees/

I'm using broadcast or drench methods of delivering plant nutrition.
 
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