4 Watering Tips for Your Trees
Tree watering is a main part of your tree care and it can be hard to recommend an exact amount of water because it depends on many factors including climate, but these 4 tips are a good rule of thumb to help ensure your trees have adequate water.
- Newly Planted Trees – Water newly planted trees right away after you plant them.
- Watering the Trees During the First 2 Years – In the first couple of growing seasons, your newly planted tree is using up a great deal of energy as it tries to establish its roots in the soil. This is especially true during the first couple of summers of your new tree. It can have a tough time dealing with the heat, especially if there is also drought. When you cover the soil with mulch (wood chips work great) and provide water you can really make it easier and less stressful for your trees. Deep watering can also help speed up the establishment of the roots. This is a process where the soil is kept moist to a depth that ensures all of the roots are moist.
- WhenandHowMuchWater–If your tree doesn’t get enough water it can be harmful, but if your tree gets too much water it can also be harmful. Over-watering is actually quite a common mistake. There is a difference between your tree being moist and it being soggy – you will have to judge this by feel. Mulching helps to keep your soil moist.
- Watering the Trees After the First 2 Years – Once the trees are over 2 years old they will be established. And have an established root system. Now your tree will be able to tolerate a much wider range of water conditions.
These are good guidelines to follow to keep your trees happy and healthy.