The first 5 years are very important for a lifelong health of your trees. Proper pruning, watering, trimming and some other tree care methods will basically ensure a mature and healthy tree and also, significantly lessens maintenance expenditures. For more detailed information on how to care for your tree, you can also contact a professional tree care maintenance or best tree removal company.
Watering Young Trees
The following are some of the smart-watering tips on how to preserve trees as well as conserve water at the same time:
1. Deep Watering
Young trees need watering on a regular basis for disease prevention and good health. Deep watering also encourages the growth of main and bigger roots underground while preventing the formation or development of the weak surface roots.
2. Examine soil moisture 4 to 6 inches below the ground once in a week. Soil must be slightly moist.
3. Conserve water while maintaining or caring for your trees. For instance, during drought times, increase watering for trees while conserving water in some other areas of your landscape and home.
4. Watch for indications of drought stress. These signs may include wilting, curling, browning and yellowing of tree leaves at the edges.
5. Use mulch in order to help conserve water or moisture. Cover the surrounding soil with a three- to five-inch thick layer of mulch beginning some inches from the trunk’s base and extending one to two feet from your tree in all directions, making a circle surrounding your tree.
6. Lawn irrigation doesn’t give sufficient irrigation for your trees. As a matter of fact, light sprinkling or lawn irrigation for five to ten minutes waters just a few inches of the soil. In addition to that, it only encourages the development of weak surface or small, fragile roots.
Through Year 1 After Planting the Trees
- Fill your water container 3 times with a total of 15 to 20 gallons of water three days after planting. This initial watering method is very crucial because tree roots are basically the most sensitive part after planting.
- Fill again the watering container with 5 to 10 gallons of water once per week for the next three weeks.
- Fill the watering container every week and every other week using 10 to 15 gallons of water for the next six months following the planting.
- Water the trees every other week using 10 to 15 gallons when there’s no rain. Roots also require oxygen and conservation at this phase will definitely help the trees grow healthy and strong.
Note: Keep the young trees mulched in order to protect the young roots of your trees from drying out as well as suppress weeds.
- When rain just comes occasionally, commonly during the late spring, start watering again every 2 to 4 weeks with 15 to 20 gallons of water, depending on the type of the tree.
- Maintain the water basin so that it still continues to hold water. Spread it all out to hold much more water in the long run.
Third to Fifth Year
Decrease the frequency of watering while increase coverage and duration. By 3 to 5 years, you will expect that your tree must be fully-grown.