Tree Watering Tips

Trees are an important part of our environment.  They provide us with clean air, protect us from pollutants and the hot, summer sun.  During periods of drought, it's important that we return the favor and take care of our trees by watering them properly.
  • Mature trees during a drought should be watered once a week deeply.  Young trees planted within the last three years should be watered every 3 - 4 days.
  • Water trees early in the morning or in the late evening to avoid evaporation.
  • Running a soaker hose with a slow, steady drip works best.  A sprinkler can be used also. The water should be dispersed, not near the trunk but out at the drip line, which is below the tip of branches.
  • Deep watering is the most desirable and entails a slow drip or flow that saturates down deep into the soil 5 - 6 inches.  It will take 3 - 4 hours for a young tree and longer for mature trees.  The roots on mature trees spread further into your yard as they grow, extending the drip line.  You'll need to move the hose around the tree numerous times, laying it out by the drip line or even further out, leaving it there for at least 4 hours each time. It takes at least 1 hour for the water to saturate through the turf and to begin to work its way into the soil.