- Too much water is just as bad for trees as is not having enough water. You don’t want the soil to be soggy, just moist. The soil should dry for a short period, long enough to allow enough oxygen to get into the soil.
- 30 seconds of a steady stream of water is usually enough to moisten the soil.
- Proper mulching is also necessary to retain moisture around the tree
- You can check the moisture of the soil by inserting a garden trowel 2 inches into the soil and seeing if the soil is moist to the touch. If it is, the tree does not need watered.
- For newly planted trees: water immediately after planting
- The first two years: practice deep watering, especially during summers, to help the tree establish roots. Deep watering means watering enough to consistently keep soil wet down to the roots.
- After the first two years: the tree’s roots will be established, so the tree will be able to withstand a “wider range of water conditions”, according to the Arbor Day Foundation.
- Drought-Tolerant Species: If your area is prone to droughts, consider planting trees that are drought-tolerant such as Thornless honeylocusts, Arizona Cypresses, or Japanese Zelkovas. These types of trees have a better chance of survival in areas that experience prolonged dry spells.
- High Soil Moisture-Tolerant Species: If you live in an area that is prone to wet conditions or large amounts of moisture, consider planting a high soil moisture-tolerant species of tree such as a Swamp White Oak, River Birch, Silver Maple, or Weeping Willow.
Part of properly caring for trees is making sure that you practice the correct watering techniques. The Arbor Day Foundation recommends the following tips as a kind of rule of thumb on watering your trees.
Chelsea Akers has been writing blogs for Grove City Tree Service since 2011. She graduated with a Bachelor's Degree in English Language and Literature at The Ohio State University in 2013.
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