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