Watering Trees & Shrubs

by / Wednesday, 03 April 2013 / Published in Proper Watering

Watering Trees ShrubsProper watering of trees and shrubs is one of the most important cultural practices for most homeowners. Poor watering practices can cause plants to be less vigorous and more susceptible to insect and disease damage. Though drought is a common problem for trees and shrubs, over watering can also cause severe damage to woody plants.

Cultural Practices:
Trees and shrubs should be watered slowly to allow for deeper penetration into the soil. Larger trees should be watered at the drip line at the outer edge of the tree, instead of directly at the base of the tree. For smaller trees, a cupped, mulched area around the tree should be sufficient to get proper water to the roots. The mulch will help keep the soil at a proper temperature and moisture level.

Transplants and new plants need watering once every one or two days for the first two weeks. Watering once a week should be sufficient after this period until the tree or shrub is about two years old. During hot, dry periods, established trees and shrubs need watering every 7-10 days.

It is important to inspect the soil around your trees and shrubs before watering. If the soil is wet even 3-4 inches below the turf, watering should not be necessary. Overwatering plants can cause root rot and disease due to improper air flow around the roots. Sandy soils will need to be watered more often than clay soils.

Keep an eye on the foliage of your trees and shrubs. If improper water flow is occurring in the plant, leaves and branches will wilt or leaf tip burn may become evident.

The Green Pointe staff is always ready to assist you with your lawn. Please let us know if we may provide any information to enhance your lawn’s health or appearance.

Please call our office at (801) 261-1171 if you have any questions or visit our “Questions” page to review other frequently asked questions and answers.