Watering Trees: Easy As 1-2-3

All trees need water, some more than others. But it’s important to find a balance and water them only when necessary. In the fall and winter seasons, for example, many trees are dormant.

Over-watering can be more detrimental to a plant’s health than letting it go without water. Major problems over-watering can cause include superficial roots and root rot. But with a smart watering pattern roots will grow deeper, enabling trees to be more resilient during drought.

When watering trees, keep these things in mind:

  1. Soil type – Know what type of soil you’re working with (sand, silt or clay all absorb water differently) to help determine how much water is necessary to maintain the health of the tree.
  2. Type of tree and size – Select a tree that will thrive in the type of climate you live in; that way it has the optimal conditions to flourish. Logically, a larger tree will use more water than a smaller one.
  3. Exposure – Consider the location of a tree in respect to wind, shade or sun and water accordingly.

Irrigating our trees intelligently helps them develop stronger and healthier. And, at the same time it’s a responsible use of our water.

David Abrego
David Abrego
David Abrego is a conservation consultant for SAWS. David, a native of Panama, likes to spend his time surrounded by plants and fruit trees. So if you can’t find him at home, he’s probably working in a greenhouse. David is also an arborist and an irrigation technician.
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