One of the necessities of a tree is water. But, not everyone knows just how much water is required to keep a tree healthy. Different factors influence the required amount of water for each tree, including the tree’s age, climate, and soil conditions.
Young trees need more attention compared to older ones because they don’t have extensive root systems yet. The goal of watering new trees is not only to hydrate it but also to encourage root growth. A tree needs to expand its roots so it can thrive in its environment and get the right nutrients it requires. Roots don’t only have to grow in length and width, but they should also extend deep into the ground for a better foundation. If you have transferred a tree from nursery to a new location, it needs to be watered a week thrice during warmer months, and 1-2 times in colder months.
It is less taxing to water more natured trees because unlike young ones, they already have established root systems. These roots help them thrive even in the dry season. Older trees’ roots are usually 1-1.5 times the diameter of the canopy. On the other hand, new trees and new transplants have roots that grow close to their trunks.
In most cases, tree roots are established between 12-16 inches of soil. This is the reason why deep watering plants is crucial for their growth. When trees are given frequent, shallow watering, their roots will settle in the top layer of the soil. Keep in mind that roots follow the water you shower your plants. If you give your trees deep waterings, then you can expect the roots to go deeper into the ground as it follows the water down. It is recommended to water your tree enough to sink to 8 inches. Repeat the process every 2-4 weeks, considering the season. When the roots are deep in the ground, it has a lesser chance of getting affected by too much heat and sun.
Use a slow approach whenever you’re watering your tree. Professionals recommend the use of soaker hoses because they allow a small amount of water to come out, which means you need to the process for an extended period of time. This will allow the water to concentrate on the tree and will not run off the ground. This scenario usually happens when you use a hose to water your plant. You can also use drip systems and bubblers, and it will have the same positive effect on your tree.
Commercial properties typically use sprinklers to water their pants. This approach is a good choice because it doesn’t require additional manpower and it can cover large areas, and very practical. The downside of this approach is that the amount of water wasted is extensive. If you are certain, you want to use this method, make sure to let it run only for a few minutes, enough to moisten the ground 8 inches deep. It is ideal to leave it on for 30 minutes every scheduled time. This approach is perfect when you want to keep your trees hydrated. This approach is most suitable for grass and not for trees.
The time you water your tree is as important as the approach you choose to use in determining the amount of water you should give your tree. To avoid evaporation, it is best to water your tree during the cooler parts of the day. This is especially true in the summer months.
Every tree in your property adds value and beauty to your yard. It takes a conscious effort to keep trees in good shape and health. If you don’t water your trees, they will wilt and lose their vibrancy and health. As a property owner, it is your responsibility to care for your trees, provide them with the much-needed water they require to thrive in the years to come.
Contact Nabor’s Tree Service Chattanooga, 1132 Market St #FC-3, Chattanooga, TN 37402, 423-454-1144 for more information.