One of the most common rookie mistakes that we at Branch Management Tree Service encounter is property owners over watering or under watering their trees – especially in the summer months. Most people believe that because it is hot out that their trees and plants need more water; and while all trees – regardless of their species or maturity – need water; they most often don’t need the amount of water you may think they do.
Properly Watering: A good rule of thumb when properly watering your trees is to ensure your soil always remains moist to the touch. This can usually be accomplished within the first thirty seconds of watering. To avoid wasting water, and overwatering, it is recommended that you only water to the maximum depth of your specific plants root zone, which is as follows:
Lawn and Garden 6 to 12”
Shrubs 12 to 24”
It is further recommended that you take into consideration your state’s weather and climate fluctuations. In the summer months, you should only water your plants once a week; less often for drought tolerant plants. In the winter months, you may only need to water if no precipitation has existed in the past four to six weeks, in order to keep the root zone moist.
Mulching: Applying 2 to 4” of organic mulch on top of the soil around your tree helps to promote moisture retention, as well as improve your soils condition. Mulching is one of the most beneficial things that you can do for the overall health of your tree. Organic mulch includes wood chips, pine needles, bark, leaves, compost mixes and more.
Soil Moisture Check: You can check soil moisture by simply using a garden trowel or screwdriver and inserting it into the ground to a depth of 2’’. You may then move the trowel back forth to create a small narrow trench in which you may insert your finger. If your soil is moist to the touch, then there is no need to water.
Tree Care: Properly caring for your trees, including fertilization, insect management and trimming, can also help your trees remain healthy during drought periods. Some of the most important services we offer to all of our clients include deep root fertilization which helps to promote root growth and proper trimming which helps your tree become structurally sound.
Professional Help: If you would like more information on how to properly water your trees and plants, ensuring they don’t become damaged during long periods of drought, please feel free to contact Branch Management Tree Service at (480) 970-1315. We look forward to the opportunity of assisting you with your trees, so call today!