Don't Forget to Water Your Trees
In the hot weather, when we venture out, it’s often to water our gardens. Just don’t forget to water your trees.
It’s easy to assume that, because they’re so big, trees can take care of themselves. But like other landscape plants, they need help to thrive and survive in urban and suburban settings.
Most established trees and shrubs need around an inch of water per week. One way to help your trees get adequate moisture is to run a sprinkler under the canopy. Place a pie plate or can on the ground nearby so that you can measure how much water you’re providing.
Additional watering tips:
- It’s best to run your sprinkler in early morning. This saves water by reducing evaporation and reduces the amount of time that leaves are wet. Wet foliage is more susceptible to disease.
- Newly transplanted trees are particularly at risk during dry conditions. The best way to direct water to where they need it is to hand-water directly into the rootball. Transplants less than an inch in diameter grow well with 10 gallons of water per week.
- Avoid applying water directly to the trunk of a tree to avoid increasing the risk of canker disease.
Trees offer a cool and shady respite during the dog days of summer. Return the favor by giving them a drink of water.
About Bartlett Tree Experts
The F.A. Bartlett Tree Expert Company was founded in 1907 by Francis A. Bartlett and is the world’s leading scientific tree and shrub care company. The organization’s current chairman, Robert A. Bartlett Jr., represents the third generation of Bartlett family management. Bartlett has locations in 25 U.S. states, Canada, Ireland and Great Britain. Services include pruning, pest and disease management, fertilization and soil management, cabling and bracing, tree lightning protection systems and tree/stump removal. Its corporate offices are located in Stamford, Connecticut.
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