How Much Does it Drink 2011

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This is a work in progress I’ll update it as I get time…(12/22)

We cut down our tree on Sunday the 18th at Mountain Charlie’s Ranch. The exact location of the tree was 37.13624N 121.98828W the competing tree was at 37.13540N 121.98758W. It was a (rare) stroke of genius. I took the GPS with me as we walked around looking at the trees. When we found one that we liked, I would put it’s position in the GPS so we could return to the exact same tree. The only problem was that the system doesn’t like being off road. So it was difficult to get it to tell us which way to go to return to our trees.

We’re constrained on how early we go out by our middle daughter’s birthday. We want to have a delay from her early December (5th) birthday until we start into the Christmas season at full throttle. I figured I’d write down how much water the tree uses every day. The tree is about 7.5ft tall (Cathedral style ceiling) and it is about 4 feet in diameter at the base.

Sun 12/18 Initial fill
Diameter along the cut is 3.05″
Mon 12/19 740 ml
Tue 12/20 500 ml
Wed 12/21 550 ml
Thu 12/22 430 ml
Fri 12/23 520 ml
Sat 12/24 560 ml
Sun 12/25 505 ml
Mon 12/26 782 ml
Tue 12/27 500 ml
Wed 12/28 570 ml
Thu 12/29 470 ml
Average consumption 546 ml/day
Fri 12/30 550 ml
Sat 12/31 550 ml
Sun 1/1 500 ml
Mon 1/2 500 ml
Tue 1/3 ml
Wed 1/4 ml
Thu 1/5 ml
Fri 1/6 ml
Sat 1/7 ml
Sun 1/8 0 oz
Mon 01/09 ml


I want to see if I should think about making myself (or buying) a watering system for the tree. It isn’t any fun crawling under the tree every day, but I want to make sure it doesn’t dry out. That being said, based on the volume that the stand can hold I bet I could get away with only filling it every other day. But it would be my luck that I’d forget on the third day and it would be sucking air on the fourth day. Guess I better stick to the routine of every evening.

One thing both my wife and I thought of independently is that this year was much wetter than last and may have a big factor in how the tree does overall.

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