Tips on Watering Trees During the Hot Summer

  • Tips on Watering Trees
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How much do I water my trees? How much water should I use when watering trees?

These are just a few tree maintenance questions people ask when temperatures start to rise.

  • Water trees at a slower rate at the base of plants. It gives them a deep soak that is much needed during hotter temperatures.
  • Avoid watering frequently and at shorter intervals.
  • Water in the morning to avoid water loss due to evaporation.
  • Morning watering helps trees deal with the heat of the sun throughout the day.
  • Newly planted trees should be watched closely the first few months after being planted.
  • The amount of water needed for specific trees is difficult to calculate. Most newly planted trees will benefit with a thorough soaking 2-3 days per week for the first few weeks. This depends on rainfall, wind, and soil temperature.  Poor soils that contain clay and do not drain well need to be watched carefully so trees do not become overwatered.  The top few inches of soil should dry out in-between watering cycles.
  • If you have average soil, one inch of rain per week is ideal for watering newly planted trees or shrubs.
  • Never rely on lawn irrigation as a source of water. This process waters the trees at a shallow depth, and doesn’t give the roots a deep soak.

To achieve a slower rate of tree watering try soaker hoses or tree bags.  Apply a 3″ layer of wood mulch to help provide a buffer from heat, retain water, and avoid root competition with weeds.

Still not sure on how to water your tree?  You can always check with your local Earl May experts on tree watering questions.



  1. Bloomington Tree Care June 17, 2019 at 9:30 am - Reply

    Thanks for these tips in watering trees during the summer. Thanks for also suggesting when is the best time to water the trees. Can come in handy during those super hot days.

  2. Ivy Baker May 10, 2018 at 8:58 pm - Reply

    This is some really good information about tree care in a hot summer. I liked that you pointed out that you should water trees in the morning. That does seem like a good thing for me to be aware of because I just moved into a home with several trees in the backyard.

  3. Katie Dunn September 12, 2017 at 8:39 pm - Reply

    I just moved to a house that has several trees in the yard, and so I want to make sure that I take good care of them. However, I have never heard of watering trees in the morning before. If I watered them at night, do you think that water loss would still happen?

    • Deanna Anderson September 14, 2017 at 11:01 pm

      Not water loss, but it can help deter disease caused by wet or damp foliage.

  4. Rosie Beckett September 9, 2017 at 5:34 pm - Reply

    It is smart to water trees in the morning! What time would you say is the best time to water them? It would be great to know the ideal time in order to keep tree’s in the best sort of health as possible. I don’t think most people think about watering their trees like they do their lawn. It would be beneficial if everyone knew that trees need just as much care as their lawn does! That way they can hopefully prolong the lives of their trees.

  5. Love Garden April 13, 2017 at 12:06 pm - Reply

    Thanks for your healful tips. Summer is comming soon and I also have problem about watering my trees. I will reset the timming of my sprinkler system and control the amount of water denpending on the weather this season.
    Once again, thank you so much.

  6. Tree Care March 9, 2017 at 4:51 pm - Reply

    Watering in the morning helps trees throughout the day and cuts down on water loss from evaporation. Thanks for these tips.

    • Deanna Anderson March 11, 2017 at 7:10 pm

      Thank you.

  7. emily bennette December 7, 2016 at 8:16 pm - Reply

    I have always wanted to have a yard with a lot of trees. I like that you talked about how you should be careful when you are watering the tree. I wouldn’t want to kill the trees on accident. It seems best to have a professional care for them.

  8. James Bergman October 18, 2016 at 4:45 pm - Reply

    Thanks for the heads up! I have been relying on my sprinkler system to keep my trees watered. I didn’t even think about it being a shallow watering. Would using a soaker hose be acceptable for watering my trees? It should soak the ground and I won’t be losing too much water to evaporation.

    • Deanna Anderson October 19, 2016 at 2:43 pm

      Yes a soaker hose is a good option for deep watering.

  9. Kendall Ryder September 7, 2016 at 9:58 am - Reply

    I wouldn’t have thought that I had to water my trees myself because I have an irrigation system. I just would have figured that the system would take care of the tree. I am glad to know that this ins’t the case. I would hate to kill my tree because I didn’t water it properly.

  10. Marie Watson August 9, 2016 at 1:24 pm - Reply

    Thanks for putting together some tips for watering your trees during the summer. You make a good point about how you should water them in the morning to avoid evaporation and to help them deal with the hot sun. I have some trees that seem to be dealing poorly with the hot weather, so it seems like it might be time for me to speak with a professional about how to keep them healthy and hydrated.

    • Deanna Anderson August 9, 2016 at 2:12 pm

      Thank you Marie. Our garden centers are always happy to help with L&G questions.

  11. emily bennette July 11, 2016 at 11:21 pm - Reply

    This is some really good information about landscape maintenance. I like that you talked about how you should water the tree in the morning. That does seem like a good thing to be aware of if you don’t know much about how to take care of your trees. It might be a good idea to have a professional do the maintenance for your yard.

  12. Laurie June 17, 2016 at 5:36 pm - Reply

    I always remember to consider the rain as well. If it has rained most of the week, I will wait a few days or so before watering – just so they don’t have too much water. You have great tips, thanks for sharing!

    • Deanna Anderson June 20, 2016 at 7:40 am

      Good point Laurie, sorry we missed that in our tips.

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