Trees, like all living organisms, need water to survive – but water is even more important for newly planted trees. The stress of being moved and transplanted into a new environment may cause the tree to die.
Watering, however, helps to ease the transition, encouraging healthy growth and development. To learn more about when and how to water a newly planted tree, keep reading.
How Often Do I Need to Water My Newly Planted Tree?
There’s really no easy answer to this question, as water requirements for a newly planted tree vary depending on a number of different factors. Some of these factors include rainfall, temperature, humidity, wind conditions, season, soil type, the tree variety, and the extent to which the tree’s roots have developed in the soil.
With all of that said, however, a good rule of thumb is to water your newly planted tree once daily for the first two weeks, at which point you can cut back to just once a week. This should keep your tree hydrated and healthy, preventing it from drying out. Of course, you should water it more often if the surrounding soil feels dry and arid.
How to Water a Newly Planted Tree
There are several different ways to water a newly planted tree, although one of the easiest is to simply use a garden hose. Turn the hose on just enough so it creates a slow trickle of water (you don’t want it gushing out). Now place the hose around the tree’s base, allowing the water to soak into the soil.
Don’t just let the water soak around the base of your tree. Rather, wait for it to soak deep inside the soil. Ideally, water should soak at least 12” below the soil to provide optimal hydration for your tree. Watering should be done slowly, however, to retain the soil’s structure.
When to Water Your Newly Planted Tree
The time of day during which you water a newly planted tree will directly affect its growth and development. Ideally, it’s best to water newly planted trees in the evening, after the mid-day sun has subsided. This doesn’t necessarily mean that you have to wait until nightfall. Instead, wait until the scorching mid-day heat has declined.
Why is this important? Well, watering your newly planted tree when it’s the hottest time of day will result in some of the water evaporating. So even if you use the right amount of water, your tree may only receive a fraction of it.
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