Overflowing water being poured over a small tree on an Edmonton lawn

Are you Overwatering your Trees?

Take optimal care of your trees this summer by making sure you don’t overwater them! Learn more about the frequency and amount you should be watering your trees.

When it comes to tree care, watering is an essential step. Because it’s so important, many people think that more is better. However, overwatering can actually have a detrimental effect on trees and may lead to wilting leaves, edema (the expansion and rupturing of cells) and root rot. To avoid these types of issues, it’s important to learn about the care trees require in order to thrive all year round!

How often should you be watering your trees?

The moisture level of the soil around the tree is a good indicator of whether or not it needs to be watered. Use a trowel to dig up some of the soil and check to see if it’s dry enough to warrant watering. 

Newly planted trees will need to be checked more often than established trees, as they require regular watering for the first two or three years.

Established trees will need to be watered less frequently, although, during times of drought, even they should be watered every 10 to 14 days.

How much water should be used?

As a general rule, you should avoid frequent, shallow watering and opt for widely spaced sessions of heavy watering. This way, the water will be able to soak more deeply into the soil.

The goal is to soak the soil to a depth of at least 10 inches. You can attain this by running the garden hose at medium pressure for about five minutes, with you periodically moving it to ensure the soil is wet all the way around the tree.

If you prefer to use a sprinkler system, place a rain meter under the spray and wait until it fills to about two inches, which is a sufficient amount of rain to soak the soil to the required depth.

Tips for Tree Care During Dry Summer Months

Using mulch is a great way to conserve the soil moisture levels around your trees. It’s particularly useful since it keeps away grass and weeds that absorb water that would otherwise go to the tree.

Additionally, you should avoid fertilizing during droughts. In dry spells, trees slow their growth in order to conserve resources. Fertilizer triggers growth, which would cause the tree to need more water than it has access to.

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