Tree Care: Watering Basics

the most common question is: "so, How much do I water it?"

THIS IS THE MOST COMMON QUESTION WE'RE ASKED, AND FOR GOOD REASON. OVER OR UNDER-WATERING OF TREES AND PLANTS IS ONE OF THE LEADING CAUSES OF FAILURE OR STUNTED GROWTH. USE THE ADVICE BELOW TO GIVE YOU A GOOD HEAD START IN KEEPING YOUR PLANTS AND TREES NICE AND HEALTHY.

How Much?

This depends mainly on the size and age of the tree. Regardless of how often a tree is watered, each water application should be enough to saturate an area as wide as the drip line of the tree to a soil depth of 2-3 feet minimum. As a tree matures, it needs a wider water area of coverage...especially palm trees.

A great rule of thumb is: "Thorough watering is the deep and thorough saturation of the entire root system, allowing it to dry between waterings"

How Often?

Watering frequency can depend on a few variables: Age of tree, type of tree, soil conditions and current weather conditions. Loose sandy soil dries out faster so more frequent watering is required where as tight soils may require less frequent applications. Newer trees don't have established root structures and require more frequent watering than when mature. Long periods of extreme heat dry out the soil faster dictating an increase in water frequency. For advice on surviving in periods of extreme heat or cold, read up on our weather protection guide

Additional Guidelines

Reference the chart below for some common watering guides based on the box size and common weather patterns:
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