TREE CARE

WATERING

Watering Newly Planted Trees

  • landscaped trees depend on homeowners for water. It is important to take care of surviving trees and nurture replacement trees with proper watering.

  • The amount of water a tree needs depends on many factors, including the age and species of the tree, the time of year, weather and soil type. As a rule, newly planted trees require more frequent watering.

  • For the first several months after planting, most of a tree's roots are still within the original root ball, with some roots beginning to grow beyond this area. The root ball and the surrounding soil should be kept evenly moist to encourage healthy root growth. It can take two or more growing seasons for a tree to become established — for roots to venture into the soil well beyond the planting hole. It's vital to provide supplemental moisture in those early years. During hot, dry weather, new trees may require water as often as two times per week to ensure that the root ball doesn't dry out.

  • If you must choose between lawn and trees, remember that trees are a bigger investment. And it will take years, if not decades, for a newly planted tree to take the place of a mature tree.

 

Know How to Water

  • Water once a week

  • Apply water slowly. Think low intensity and longer duration. This helps to reduce or eliminate any run-off and allows the water to percolate deeper into the soil. This means that you can only water as fast as the soil allows the water to penetrate it’s surface and work it’s way down.

  • Water deeply rather than frequently. A good deep watering should moisten the soil to a depth of 10-12 inches. The duration of the watering will change based on the type of soil the tree is growing in. Because most tree roots are found in the upper 8 – 24 inches of the soil profile, this is the zone that should be watered in each cycle.

  • The easiest way to check soil moisture is to take a long (8"-plus) screwdriver and poke it into the soil. It will pass easily into moist soil, but be difficult to push into dry soil. If you can't poke it in at least 6", it's time to water. This technique works best in clay and loam soils.

 

How much water does my tree need

  • As a general rule of thumb, enough water to moisten the soil to a depth of 10" or more. Water deeply rather than frequently. A good deep watering should moisten the soil to a depth of 10-12 inches. The duration of the watering will change based on the type of soil the tree is growing in. Because most tree roots are found in the upper 8 – 24 inches of the soil profile, this is the zone that should be watered in each cycle.

  •  Excessive watering can make a trees routes rot resulting in the tree drowning. Tree should not be in stagnant water, warranty will be void