Melinda's Garden Moment: Drought Care for Trees


Don't forget the trees, even oldestablished ones, when extended dry periods and droughts move in.

Infact, these should be a high priority since it takes many years to replace anestablished tree.

Alwaysmoisten the top 12 inches of soil under the dripline when watering deciduoustrees; and the same depth, but three to five feet beyond the dripline forevergreens.

Apply10 gallons of water for every inch diameter of trunk. So a 4-inch diameter tree should receiveabout 40 gallons of water each week.

Youcan apply the water with a soaker hose, encircling the tree and covering thearea under the dripline. Or make your own drip irrigation system with 5-gallonbuckets. Drill several holes in thebottom of the buckets, set around the tree and fill with water.

Anddon't forget to mulch. It conservesmoisture, suppresses weeds and keeps weed whips and lawn mowers away from thetree trunks.

Alwayslet the weather, soil, and the plant you're growing determine your wateringschedule. High temperatures and fastdraining soils dry out quickly and the plants will need more frequent watering. Cooler temperatures and slow or poorly drainedsoil stay moist longer. Establishedtrees with larger root systems and drought-tolerant trees need less frequentwatering than moisture lovers and new plantings.

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