Case: “Happy Roots”

 

Opsaml regnvand og brug det til at
vande dine planter – uden at løfte en finger

Sidste forår stod landskabsarkitekterne Lars Hartmann og Steffen Plejdrup med et problem: De var i gang med at designe et grønt uderum, og ville gerne integrere en bæredygtig og letanvendelig vandingsmetode heri. Tanken var at anvende opsamlet regnvand til vanding af planter – og at finde en metode, der kunne håndtere regnvand fra kraftige regnskyl, så dette blev brugt til noget gavnligt, i stedet for at risikere at regnvandet oversvømmede kloakker og kældre. De fandt dog, til deres store overraskelse, ikke noget på markedet, der kunne tilfredsstille dette behov – og de begyndte derfor at designe deres egen løsning. Dette var i maj 2016.

Nu er løsningen, Happy Roots, der integrerer regnvandsopsamling og selvvanding i ét, designet færdig og er under produktion.

 

 

Læg Happy Roots elementerne under jorden i højbedet, terrassebedet eller lignende. Læg så jord ovenpå (elementet kan holde op til én meter jord) og plant planterne ud. Regnvandet opsamles og tilbageholdes og det integrerede selvvandingssystem giver herefter rødderne mulighed for at trække vand, når de har behov for det. Planterne holdes således grønne og frodige, imens der spares på vandforbruget nemt, praktisk og miljørigtigt.

Nedenfor er kommunikationsmaterialet for Happy Roots vist. Vi arbejder på at få det oversat til dansk.

 

 

Introducing Happy Roots

SUSTAINABLE • PRACTICAL • EASY


Happy Roots is an easy, smart and flexible way to water your plants
using rainwater – the collected water does all the work, through our build-in plant watering system.
With the new innovative watering tank, Happy Roots, we have created an easy and smart way
for your plants to get the water they need.

 

Do your plants often dry out, or do you think you spend too much time watering and
maintaining them – then Happy Roots is perfect for you!




 

Happy Roots has a unique design – it withholds excess rainwater, and when your plants need it,
their roots will draw water out of Happy Roots through the unique irrigation system.

 

 

Happy Roots is produced using sustainable bioplastic, and the use of rainwater for irrigation is a
great substitute for using water from the hose – It saves an enormous amount
of water, and is great for the environment.

It has become clear to us that environmental changes will create more rainfalls in the
years to come – not only in Scandinavia, where Happy Roots was created, but all over the world.
The rainfalls will be bigger, and the periods with drought longer.

The most sustainable solution to this will of course be to use this excess rainwater for something good.
Collecting rainwater and using it when needed will save a lot of water! Happy Roots is therefore not only an
environmentally sound solution – it also gives your garden hose a break, saving water and money.


 

Happy Roots is made of bioplastic. Bioplastic is produced using organic materials instead
of black oil as most plastics are. This makes bioplastic biodegradable, sustainable and eco-friendly.
Over a period of time bioplastic will dissolve itself into the earth without leaving behind traces of plastic
for future generations. This means that you can integrate Happy Roots into
your garden without worrying about pollution.


 

The plant roots don’t magically soak up water from Happy Roots – they need a little help by the integrated
capillary wick. This wick is made of water conducting textile created by recycled bottles! The textile is also
recyclable and can be used again without damaging the environment.

We are proud to state that Happy Roots is made of sustainable and recycled materials!

 

 

The element is 25 x 25 x 10 cm / 9.8 x 9.8 x 4 in. making it able to hold about 5 liters of water
– enough to keep your plants’ roots happy until the next rainfall.

The element is capable of withholding 1 meter / 3.2 feet of soil and plant material above it
– equalling about 100 kg / 220 pounds.

It can be installed into raised plant beds, in big pots of different sizes, as well as in planters
for terraces, balconies, etc.

Four parts is all it takes  

1. Geo-textile cloth
2. Capillary pillar
3. Lid with support pipe
4. The rainwater element

Integrate your Happy Roots  

1. First, you assemble your Happy Roots as described in the enclosed manual – it’s really easy!

2. Secondly, you place Happy Roots in the bottom of your plant bed/beneath the soil of your garden.
You then place the geotextile on top of Happy Roots.

3. At last, you put soil on top of Happy Roots – Your plants are now ready to thrive!

What happens when it rains?  

1. When it rains, the excess rainwater is collected in the bottom of Happy Roots.

2. The water will stay in Happy Roots and wait for the plants to get thirsty.

3. Next time the plants need watering, their soil will draw the water from Happy Roots using the capillary wick.

4. The geotextile will spread the water out so all of the plant roots can access the water.

5. The roots draw water and become happy!

That’s all it takes.

From here on, the plants’ roots will draw the water they need from the geotextile.

Happy Roots works in both smaller and larger scale: You can use one unit separately
or place multiple together.

Different planting scenarios have different needs. Whether you want watering for
your small plant bed or your big terrace, Happy Roots will suit your
needs – as long as your soil area is bigger than 10 x 10 in.

When assessing how many Happy Roots you need, you should take your wishes for future use
into account. Are you planning on planting crops and flowers that need a lot of water?
Or some that need less?

We have a lot of rain in Copenhagen, but also quite long drought periods, where
manual watering is necessary – as you can see in this chart, showing
the rainfall of the summer 2016 in Copenhagen:

The thought behind Happy Roots is to use the excess rain from the wet periods
– also when it’s not raining. In June 2016 we built a project in Copenhagen, where we
designed four raised plant beds. In the plant beds we installed a bunch of custom made
rainwater elements that had the same features as Happy Roots.

And the result? The plants did not need to be watered manually. Not a single time
during the danish summer did we bring out the hose, and the plants still thrived! Succes!

Here you can see our pilot project:

 

Happy Roots can be used with most plants – as long as the root system is not too robust
(as with big trees and bushes). Here are a few examples of plant sorts that will love Happy Roots
– and we’re sure, you can come up with even more.

How deep into the soil you need to install Happy Roots, and how long the drought periods
between rainfalls can be, completely depends on your type of plant, and the length of its roots. We have
designed Happy Roots with household gardening in mind, so whether you grow vegetables,
flowers or some other awesome vegetation, Happy Roots will most likely fit your needs.
Ask your local plant expert for advice on soil depth for your chosen plants.

 

 

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