How to Properly Water Your Trees
Providing Water is an important part of your tree surviving.
The first three years of the life of your new trees is the most critical when
it comes to watering, but you do need to pay attention to the watering needs of
your trees through their entire life.
Frequent watering will depend on the soil drainage. Soil
that drains quickly is going to need watering more often than soil that drains
slowly. The best way for you to know how often and how much water is to
regularly check the soil’s moisture content at 6 inches below the surface. When
For the first three years of the tree’s life, provide one
and a half gallons of water per diameter inch of the tree trunk. After the
first three years have passed the amount of water will vary depending on the
soil type and weather, which influence the demand for water.
Your tree roots need oxygen and when the soil is saturated
with water for more than 24-hours it can stop the roots from getting oxygen.
Watering too much can be just as dangerous as watering too little, but it’s
actually harder to correct.
For the first three years water within the drip line
checking daily if you have fast draining soil or weekly if you have slow
draining soil. After the first three years check weekly and water within the
drip line, or for large trees, at the base and at the drip line.
New tree planting is exciting. After all, years down the
road your trees will still be an important part of your landscaping and they
will beautify your property and your neighborhood. However, longevity for your
trees relies on you caring for them properly and ensuring that they are