When people plant new trees in their yard, they want to know what it’s going to take to grow this tree into a strong addition to their home. There are many things you can do to keep your tree healthy and thriving, but the main component that your tree desperately needs is water. Dry weather means that trees rely on their homeowners for water, and without that water, the tree may begin to slowly wilt and struggle to survive.
The amount of water your trees need will depend on its age and its species, as well as the time of year, the season, and the type of soil you have. Keep in mind that any tree that has been recently planted is going to need more frequent watering than those trees that are older and more established. If your Bellingham property is seeing a bit of a drought for any reason, do your best to provide supplemental watering. The goal is to help the younger trees stay stable, not to water too much. Too much water can lead to more canopy growth than is actually sustainable throughout the year. It can make your tree dependent on you instead of developing the resilience it needs to survive the seasons.
Newly Planted Trees
After you plant a new tree, keep in mind that the roots are still mostly going to be within the original root ball. Some roots will grow beyond this area by now, but most of them will not have. Keep the root ball and the soil around it evenly moist, as this will encourage root growth. Once a few months have past, you can start to expand the area you water to cover the entire area beneath the canopy of the tree. It might take a few growing seasons for the tree to become established on its own, as the tree will need to get its roots into the soil beyond just the planting hole. If you don’t see a lot of rain in your yard after first planting a tree, water it three times a week to keep the root ball from drying out.
Many people seem to believe that the roots mirror the canopy, meaning that the roots don’t reach past the edge of the tree. This isn’t true! Many established trees’ roots reach well past the edge of the canopy. Some roots will be down deep, but most of the roots are within the top foot and a half of the soil. In order to keep the established tree healthy, make sure that the soil is being wetted down about ten inches every time. To prevent rot, don’t water the area directly around the trunk of the tree.
Best Ways to Water
While sprinklers can cover more area faster, they also tend to lose about half of the water to evaporation. We recommend watering your trees with a method that will dispense the water slowly and at the soil level. It can take a few hours to properly water just one mature tree! If you are considering options, you can choose a soaker hose. Circle your tree with a spiral of soaker hose, let it run for an hour or so, and check to make sure the water has penetrated at least six inches into the soil.
Minimize Tree Stress
If a drought should occur, it can lead to a lot of problems with your trees. If you want to keep your tree healthy and growing, do your best to avoid digging under and around the trees. Doing so will disturb the roots. Also, avoid any heavy pruning during this time. General removal of broken, dead, diseased, or infected branches is acceptable, however. Always keep an eye out for pests and disease, as trees experiencing a drought are more likely to struggle with these issues.
Contact Our Team
If you are looking for top notch tree service, it’s time to call Whatcom Tree Service. We are the professionals who can help you as you maintain your yard. Give us a call for whatever your tree needs may be, from pruning to stump grinding, tree removal to general maintenance. Our crew is here to help. Contact us today to begin!