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Proper Watering is the most important step in maintaining healthy looking trees, shrubs, and plants for the first 2 years. Never hesitate to call us with any with any watering questions.
With all new plants the first year or two you will need to pay extra attention to your newly planted trees. Your new trees are dependent on you for care and watering. Water is essential to a new trees survival but watering can be confusing and no hard fast rules always apply. Healthy trees require regular and planned irrigation, but must not be over watered. How water is applied, how much water is applied, and how often it is applied are key factors in the new trees survival.
HOW TO APPLY
Newly planted trees will require 1 of rain or water per week. If rain is not present, lay a soaker hose around the base of the tree to insure the water slowly soaks into the root ball of the tree. A more conservative approach is to use a clean 5 gallon container and poke a few small holes in the bottom to allow water to slowly drain water into the root ball of the tree. It is key to get water down into the root ball to a minimum depth of 12-18 inches. The majority of the trees absorbing roots are at this level. Keep in mind that when it rains, dense trees may shed most of the rain water to the outside perimeter making most of the rain water miss the rootball.
For deciduous trees, apply 2-3 gallons of water for every 1 in caliper of tree size. Example if you new tree is 2.0 in caliper size you should apply 4 to 6 gallons of water per irrigation. For example: A soaker hose will dispense about 5 gallons of water per hour, or if you use the 5 gallon container technique (as described above) simply fill the bucket with water the number of times as needed to reach the required gallons per irrigation. Compacted clay soils tend to hold water, thus you need to add water at a slow pace per irrigation. Evergreen trees use 50% or less of the above recommended amount of water.
During our growing season, April 1st to October 1st, you should water you new trees once every 5 - 10 days in the hot dry periods to once every two weeks in the cooler wet periods, during the first year. Again the goal is to keep the root ball moist at the rate of 1 of water per week without over watering. If it is rainy in early spring or fall, you can skip those weeks. If it is dry make sure you water those weeks. After October, if the temperatures are consistently above freezing, water as needed to keep the rootball moist but not soaked. If you were to grab a clump of dirt from the rootball and squeeze it in your hand; the soil should stick together in your hand, but water should not drip out from the clump of dirt.
TIPS FOR EFFICIENT WATERING
Apply 3-4 inches of hard wood mulch to cover the root ball of the tree. Do not lay plastic or rock on top of the root ball. The tree needs to breathe though the top of this root ball.
Control weeds and grass that complete for the trees water. Keep grass and weeds back from the trees trunk (one foot for every inch of the trees caliper size)
Prevent high moisture conditions: Water will move from the natural soils to the newly planted tree or shrub during heavy rains or over watering by sprinkler systems. This creates a bath tub effect and under long periods and will suffocate the roots.
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