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Water Trees for their Health and Longevity

Save energy, care for new trees, and conserve water in one easy step.

Proper watering is one of the most important things you can do for the health and longevity of your trees. 

Water new plantings thoroughly and often enough to keep the root ball and soil beyond moist.  Check newly planted trees growing in well-drained soils twice a week and those in heavy clay soils once a week.  Even established trees benefit from thorough watering during drought.  Water thoroughly whenever the top 4 to 6 inches of soil are crumbly and slightly moist.

Make watering easier with this homemade device.  Convert discarded 5 gallon buckets into slow-release watering devices. Drill holes in the bottom of the bucket. Place several buckets beneath the tree canopy. You’ll need to apply 10 gallons of water for each diameter inch of the tree. Fill the buckets with water and let gravity do the work.  You’ll be applying the water to the soil where it is needed and lose less to evaporation and run off. 

A bit more information: Mulching with several inches of woodchips, shredded bark or other organic material will help conserve moisture, suppress weeds, and improve the soil as it breaks down.  Keep the mulch away from the trunk of the tree and replenish as needed.

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