Cross-sectional view of the Waterboxx, from Groasis
Is the Groasis Waterboxx Worth the Cost For Tree Planting?
The Groasis Waterboxx does have an up front cost, and planting the tree without any watering device can seem cheaper. Over the course of just the first year, however, the Groasis Waterboxx can more than pay for itself. There are many costs associated with conventional tree planting, from the obvious (cost of buying tree and potting soil from store), to the indirect (transporting tree home and water cost of frequent irrigation), to the hidden (cost in time and labor of frequent watering of the tree, and cost of replacing dead trees). The Groasis Waterboxx has only its upfront cost, but then it allows you to plant free (if using seeds or saplings gathered in nature) or much cheaper small trees and never irrigate. Do away with the hose, save on your water bill, and grow trees that are more drought resistant in the future (due to the development of deep roots that reach capillary water) by using the Waterboxx. When used as directed (with two small trees), the survival rate of a Waterboxx tree, based on the very harsh conditions of the Sahara desert planting trial, is 99%! Finally - the Groasis Waterboxx is designed to be used for up to 10 years (with four special additives making it resistant to UV light degradation) - making it the best investment in your landscape you will ever make. Please use the cost calculator below to see if the Waterboxx is right for you.
As you can see, many variables change the cost of both the Waterboxx and conventional planting. If your labor is valuable, the Groasis Waterboxx is likely to be much more cost effective than conventional tree planting. If you already have a sprinkler system, or other irrigation system that decreases effort on your part, then the Waterboxx may not be worth the cost during the first year, but you may recover your costs in subsequent years as it is designed to last 10 years. The cheaper alternative will be highlighted in green, the more expensive in red (keep scrolling to see the Waterboxx cost).
This calculator can also be used to compare the cost of other irrigation devices to the cost of the Waterboxx. To compare these costs:
- Add the cost of the other tree watering device (Ex: Treegator, Oozetube) to the initial cost of the tree in the first (Traditional Planting) worksheet
- Next, if you think the hours spent watering will be reduced by using a TreeGator or Oozetube, change the hours watering in the Traditional Planting worksheet (remember, no other device collects dew and rain water like the Waterboxx, and all devices but the Waterbox need to be refilled with a hose every time they are used so your hours watering could actually be increased)
- The cheaper method will have its costs highlighted in green
- Recent water restrictions in places like California and other drought stricken areas will make the Waterboxx even more valuable.
- Experimenting with the Calculator Will Show the Following:
- The more highly you value your labor (or the more you pay your landscaper), the more likely the Waterboxx is to be the better value when planting trees
- The higher the tree loss rate (likely worse in drier regions), the more likely the Waterboxx is to be the better value
- The less regular the rainfall (leading to more time watering), the more likely the Waterboxx is to be the better value
- The higher your water costs, the more likely the Waterboxx is to be the better value
- The higher the cost of an initial tree from a nursery, the more likely the Waterboxx is to be the better value