Now that the weather is starting to warm up, it’s important to prioritize watering your trees. Most think that the trees get enough water when it rains, but manually watering your trees will make a huge difference in the health and survival of trees when they’re young or when the weather is dry.
It can be difficult to know when is a good time to water your trees is. According to Arbor Day Foundation blog, during a hot summer afternoon, up to half of the water on your tree can be lost to evaporation. So the best time to water your trees is in the morning or evening, this allows for the roots to have a chance to absorb most of the water. But what are the best ways to water your trees?
The 4 Best Ways to Water Your Trees
- You can use a hose to water your tree. You can turn the hose to a slow dribble and put it on the ground near the trunk. After about half an hour, move it a couple of feet around the trunk. You repeat this process for up to 2 hours if the tree is large.
- A great option is a soaker hose. A porous soaker hose will allow water to slowly ooze out of its entire length. Lay the hose on the soil around the tree and turn the water on just enough so you start to see beads of water on the surface of the hose. You can let this run for about an hour.
- If you can’t reach the tree with a hose, try a bucket. Fill a large bucket with water and carry it over to the tree. Pour the water onto the soil around the tree. Keep making trips until the soil is fully watered. For a young tree, you will need at least 10 gallons and more for a mature tree.
- You can try using an overhead sprinkler. Overhead sprinklers work best in cool areas that don’t receive a lot of sunlight. They are a good way to cover large areas, but they don’t provide a lot of moisture.
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If you’re interested in tree pruning as the warm weather rolls in, contact us! We can also help provide additional tips to keep your tree in the best shape.