Wednesday, October 28, 2015

Tree Watering Tips and Advice

Most people overlook the importance of regular tree watering. Trees require enough water to grow healthy. Without adequate water supply, the tree will suffer from ‘drought injury’. It will begin to wilt or curl at the edges because of inadequate water supply. Yellowing of leaves is also a sign of inadequate supply of water. To avoid this, you will need to know the basics of tree watering.

Best methods for tree watering
This will also depend on the size of the tree you are watering. For small trees the best way to water them is using a small irrigation system. You can also use a 5-gallon bucket with small holes at the bottom or a hose with medium pressure.  Larger trees can be watered using a deep root feeder.

Amount of water required
This will depend on the size of the tree you are watering. In times of drought, all trees must be watered on a regular basis. You may also invest in irrigation systems that can be used to ensure all areas of your lawn are properly watered. You can also use a sprinkler if you want to water a larger area like the entire lawn.

Experts recommend 10 gallons of water for each inch of trunk diameter. This means that 5 minutes of watering per day will be suitable for a tree that has a trunk diameter of 1 inch if using a horse pipe. Small and medium sized trees should be watered at least 3 times a month. The larger trees are able to withstand short periods of drought.

New trees require frequent watering
A new tree will require more frequent watering because it has to restore its root system. When the tree is transplanted, it loses its roots through the process of digging and hence requires proper and regular watering to grow.  High volume irrigation is required to make sure the new tree grows healthy.

What is deep watering and when is it required?
Deep irrigation is often required for new trees. This form of watering is what keeps moisture concentrations deep down below the surface so that the roots can grow downwards deep into the soil. Deep irrigation is done by applying a high volume of water once in a slow manner with medium pressure. Make sure the water is extended evenly on the roots.

Choose the right type of tree
If you live in an area that doesn’t experience a lot of rainfall, you may consider getting the species of trees that are designed for drought prone areas. These drought-tolerant species can stay for a long time without watering. There are those species that are more tolerant than others and the first few years are very important to their survival so you will need to ensure they are planted correctly and watered well. Examples of drought-resistant trees include White fir and Arizona Cypress.

There’s still a lot to learn when it comes to tree watering but the tips above can help you to get started with the maintenance of your trees and making sure they grow healthy.

Posted By: All American Tree Pro

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