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Leonard ArborRain Hydrator for Trees and Shrubs

Slow, Even Watering Means Maximum Usage by the Tree

ArborRain provides a great alternative for deep watering of newly planted trees and shrubs, helps to minimize "transplant shock", and helps established trees better withstand hot, dry conditions. Great way to protect your investment in newly planted trees and shrubs. High capacity 20 or 32 gallon models release water over a 5 to 8 hour timeframe allowing water to permeate deep into the soil, hydrating both root ball and surrounding soil for complete coverage.

ArborRain is designed with a low profile to blend in better with the natural surroundings and the dark brown color dramatically reduces its visibility when used along with dark hardwood mulches. Fits up to 6-inch diameter trees. Multiple hydrators can be placed around the drip line of large established trees to alleviate stress from drought or new construction. Use ArborRain to protect your new tree investment!
Weight: 0 lbs
Item # Capacity Filled Diameter Stock Status 1 – 23 24 + Qty
AR20 20 gallons 34 inches In Stock $20.39 $17.89
AR32 32 gallons 40 inches In Stock $27.59 $24.49

Warranty

Product is covered by A.M Leonard's 5 year guarantee against manufacturer defects.

Review Summary (Based on 42 Reviews)

Customer Reviews for Leonard ArborRain Hydrator for Trees and Shrubs

4 Stars

initial impression

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Just received 15 of these for new tree planted, first fill up went pretty smooth and the quality seems heavy duty enough to last for years. Did as the said with drain out time a little over 6 hours. Will move to my next planting in next year to give a good start on the next 15 I plant. Will probably buy a few more next for the trees around the house.

4 Stars

Get the AR32

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The low profile is much more versatile, and the 32-gal size is the largest capacity I've seen in this style. 20-gal size just isn't big enough for any tree over 2" cal. The caps are easy to use - screw type as opposed to plug type. I've been using them for 3 years, and they do seem to tear more than the treegator (green). But after one got torn, my irrigation tech took the cap, drilled it to fit the hose, and now screws it on with the hose to easily fill these all the way up!

5 Stars

great for this drought!

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I really like this hydration device, very simple and easy to use. You must level the ground first around the tree, we used mulch to do this. The only issue is a minor one hopefully, the tabs that keep the circle together connect with velcro, all the velcr

4 Stars

Like big size

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Product worked as described. I had these on B&B trees and although they didn't drain totally on an uneven surface they were big enough to do the job. A litle tough to close the valve when full. Good price.

4 Stars

Good Product

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It works well but there are several small problems. It does not completely empty making it hard to move and there needs to be a ridge or handle to keep it open when filling. I have not yet filled it without getting wet.

3 Stars

ArborRain doesn't live up

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In general this is a good concept, and one I like better than the upright green hydrators. However, I was disappointed that the material isn't more durable. Since it is placed on the ground, the ArborRain is vulnerable to puncture by roots, sticks and rocks. Which is exactly what happened the first time I moved mine. If the material were stronger and more durable, this would be a great product.

4 Stars

AR 20

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I think the AR 20 is the perfect size. I was able to water my trees on a schedule and only once a week all summer fit around the trees nicely and it was a lot easier than dragging a hose or a sprinkler sround the yard! The only downfall I saw was that if the ground around the base of the tree was not completely level the bag would not drain fully.

4 Stars

Looks great, works great on flat ground

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The flat design is a great leap forward. Its low profile makes it barely noticeable, even when full. If ground is not completely flat around the tree, I recommend the upright version.

4 Stars

Works as advertised

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I bought these to you around our newly planted plum trees. After using them for a while I realized that a soaker hose is just as effective if you have enough hose to reach your connection. These may be better suited to remote plantings when you have access to a trailered water tank since you have to fill them in place. I agree with the other posters that a quick-connect cap or other hands-free filling method would be nice. They work as advertised, but you may not need them.

4 Stars

Drought Buster

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We needed a solution to help keep ahead of the drought that we are experiencing. This product provides a deep, slow watering that keeps the roots down deep in the ground. Our apple and spruce trees are flourishing whereas surrounding trees that are not irrigated with this product are not.

4 Stars

Keeping plants watered

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This Product does very well. Save time and water by targeting the area directly close to the plant.

4 Stars

Winter Watering!

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This product is a must have for establishing trees in dry climes. After the irrigation is shut down we had to have a way (other than with a hose) to provide water to trees and shrubs. We use each variety of the "water bags" at my company, and love them. We sell one with every tree/shrub we install. My only complaint is, like the others, there needs to be a hose bib with a one way valve on the cap!

5 Stars

Great product

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This watering tube worked great for me in the ongoing Texas drought. It does a great job of soaking down the root zone slowly. I have had no problems at all with the AR20 product. I was concerned that wildlife such as raccoons, etc. might be a problem in this extreme drought, but they did not bother the tubes at all.

5 Stars

review

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worked very well for the purpose intended

2 Stars

drains too fast, hot water in full sun

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The idea of a slow drip is good, but this 20 gallons is empty within 5 hours, so I felt it was not really very slow. I found it easier to put a hose on with a trickle where there was access. Also in full sun & 100 degree temps, both the plastic & water can get quite hot...not so sure that's great for newly planted roots. It wasn't the best solution for me.

1 Star

Nozzles clog, water does not drain

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We purchased this system for a large street tree project in hopes that they would provide water in addition to what we applied with our water truck. Very disappointed in how the two nozzles would not drain either because they were bent over under the weig

4 Stars

Drought

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We are in the middle of a 100 year drought. The arbor rain has been a great tool to assist in the survival of our trees. We are under heavy water restriction so its use has been beneficial and a water saver.

3 Stars

AR HYDRATION 32 GAL

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Overall I was more satisfied with having them than not. They were easy to fill. I had 3 newly nursery planted trees that I did not want to lose in the drought we had. I did not think ahead about how the nursery had piled mulch around the trees-they are l

5 Stars

It does what I need it to

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Hot summers with no rain really stress plant life here. Bought the AR20 specifically to care for a Japanese maple that suffers every year during hot weather. The AR20 allowed water to get directly into the root ball without excessive evaporation, and with 3 fill ups a week our maple looks better than it ever has.

4 Stars

Work Great, except for velcro

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The product functions great. The velcro fastener can loosen within a few hours of installation. If you have a slow hose you need to make something to hold the inlet up while it fills.

4 Stars

kweber

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I have not been disappointed with this product. Currently have several around trees in the horse pasture and they have held up well. Easy to use--fill and forget about them for a week or so. Has saved a lot of time dragging water to distant pasture.

4 Stars

ArborRain Hydrator

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Like the amount of water it holds and how it is disbursed. Hose does slip out of the hole easily.

5 Stars

Worked Well

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The wide opening made it easy to fill. The low profile and brown color makes it blend into the landscape.

5 Stars

Puts water where it is needed!

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The ArborRain Hydrator puts water into the ground over the root system while minimizing runoff. I used it around a newly planted weeping redbud during this summer's drought in SW Ohio. It worked exactly as advertised and the tree is in perfect health.

4 Stars

ArborRain Hydrator

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For newly planted trees, I liked the slow dripping to water the tree. After a hot summer, my newly planted trees look good.

2 Stars

Donut Hydration Sprouts Holes

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Dislike - the "donuts" sprouted holes on its seams and in random spots on the upper surfaces. I could have imagined holes developing on the bottom, but the pin holes developed on the TOP. So, they did not fulfill their function to drip water over a perio

4 Stars

AR20

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So glad I bought ten - shoulo have bought more. They are easy to fill and move if needed. I have three fixed, the others serve more than one tree. Wish they sold a gadget to hook up the AR20 to a quick-connect garden hose. But even with tired knees filling these things, I'll still use them because I can count on a specific amount of water going to each plant with minimal evaporative loss.

4 Stars

For an arborvitae not perfect. . .

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I used mine to water a newly planted arborvitae. I also had purchased another style of bag for other trees at the same time. This one is better than the others because I feel like I'm getting a better measurement of water. However it is somewhat awkward to fill for two reasons one that is a design flaw? and one because of my application. The flaw is that you have to hold your hose in place and then lift the fill spigot as the bag fills with water so that the water doesn't come out of the top before it's actually full. The other problem is that this will work much easier on trees and shrubs with higher branch systems. You will also want to rotate the bag periodically so you don't develop a washout channel.

4 Stars

Watering small fruit trees

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I purchased the ArborRain Hydration System AR32 because with the long hot spell I could not keep enough water on the 2 yr old trees as well as everything else needing watered! The ground was not flat so I had to work a little to position them so the water

4 Stars

ArborRain hydrator

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Like the ease of setting up and filing. One problem with it is that you have to make sure once filled that the 2 water exit spouts are not kinked or prevented from releasing water due to soil/rocks, etc. Would recommend for use. C. A. Huntsville, AL

1 Star

arbor rain hydration

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I think these are junk. They have 2 small holes on each side. The water does not get distributed to the root zone. If on a slope at all, forget about it totally. Also, once the water is dripped out, a quart or more always stays in the bladder. You can not

5 Stars

Lifesaver

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Great product to help with getting new trees established.

3 Stars

A product for flatlanders

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This product would be great if your tree is perfectly level. If the Arbor Rain is placed on a hill, it rolls down the hill in addition to being difficult to fill since you have to hold the opening up in the air while filling.

4 Stars

ArborRain Hydration System, 32 Gallon

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I purchased two of these Hydration Rings to supplement watering two trees on my property during a very hot, dry summer. My sprinkler system was delayed and dragging hose around several acres is not an option at age 63. I don't like filling the rings, it

4 Stars

Certainly helped

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During this drought I was looking for something to help on the days that I could not give my young trees a good soaking. Easy to use, except for the cutout that is supposed to fit back over the cap? Quality is ok, but the velcro connect strap has already come off on one. Be interested to see how they hold up.

5 Stars

Saving my tree?

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I have a golden rain tree that was losing leaves early. I inqired of Walter Reeves TV program and sent a picture. I was informed that my tree needed 60 gallons of water each week. This looks like the only way I can save my tree.

1 Star

Do not buy this product

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Water will always end up at the lowest spot and the dirt and mulch around almost all of my trees slopes slightly away from the trunk. The water in the bag ends up either at the low point or around the outside edge but the 2 tubes that let the water out a

5 Stars

Watering a Redwood Tree

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In our California native plant garden, we have a Redwood tree that in the past got little soaking water. With the ArborRain, it now gets adequate water at a slow rate.

4 Stars

Almost perfect solution to my needs

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I walk with 2 canes and cannot touch my toes, let alone anything at ground level. I learned that my pomegranite trees might bear better if they had more water whenever they have bloomed. My idea was to hook up a couple of Arbor Rain "donuts" around the

4 Stars

Took a chance

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I took a chance on the 32 Gal. ArborRain watering system because i needed something that I didn't need to monitor, and also freed my time around the yard. I have not been disappointed. The easy to use screw cap threads easily and the handle is securely fa

4 Stars

Arbor Rain System

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This is a great all around product for watering trees where irrigation systems are not present. I have my guys use these on newly planted trees. I think the only drawback on them is filling them with water. If there was a product that you could connect

4 Stars

Good product, good price.

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The 32 gallon model holds enough water for a 1-2" tree and is much less obtrusive in the landscape than the tall green style. Drip valves can become clogged, but they are easily removed for cleaning. Screw cap is easier to use than the old plug types.

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Slow, Even Watering Means Maximum Usage by the Tree

ArborRain provides a great alternative for deep watering of newly planted trees and shrubs, helps to minimize "transplant shock", and helps established trees better withstand hot, dry conditions. Great way to protect your investment in newly planted trees and shrubs. High capacity 20 or 32 gallon models release water over a 5 to 8 hour timeframe allowing water to permeate deep into the soil, hydrating both root ball and surrounding soil for complete coverage.

ArborRain is designed with a low profile to blend in better with the natural surroundings and the dark brown color dramatically reduces its visibility when used along with dark hardwood mulches. Fits up to 6-inch diameter trees. Multiple hydrators can be placed around the drip line of large established trees to alleviate stress from drought or new construction. Use ArborRain to protect your new tree investment!