Sep 14, 2018

Are you concerned that your favorite Japanese Maple or Southern Live Oak isn’t getting the right amount of water? It can be easy to under or over water your trees, especially if you live in a climate that gets too much water one season, and experiences drought like conditions in the summer. At 404-CUT-TREE, we provide professional commercial and residential tree service in Atlanta, Norcross, Johns Creek, Chamblee, Buckhead, Duluth, Sandy Springs, Tucker, Dunwoody, Milton, Decatur, Doraville, Brookhaven, Marietta, Alpharetta and other local communities. Here are a few recommendations to help you accurately monitor your tree’s water supply.

Warning Signs that Your Tree Isn’t Getting Enough Water

Tree’s need adequate water to flourish. If they aren’t getting what they need, your tree will begin to lose its fruit, blossoms or foliage and begin to die. Thankfully, there are typically warning signs that can alert you to a lack of water before the problem becomes irreparable. Keep an eye out for leaves that begin wilting, curling or turning brown. Leaves that are undersized, yellowing or fall from the branches before Fall begins could also point to thirsty roots.

Dangers of Over Watering 

It is possible for trees to become over saturated with water. If your property is in a low-lying property that’s susceptible to frequent flooding, or you live in an area that receives an extreme amount of rainfall, your trees could develop health problems. If you’re watering your trees even more with a sprinkler system or garden hose on top of heavy rainfall, you may make the problems worse. If you’re concerned that your trees are getting too much water, there are also red flags to alert you before the issue goes too far. If you notice pools of water surrounding the base of the tree, stagnated growth of new branches or flowers, or the leaves become fragile, then you may need to temporarily halt watering your tree, or amend your soil.

Factors to Consider

When determining the right amount of water for your trees, carefully consider the many factors at play. The tree’s age, species, overall health and environmental conditions all make a big difference on the level of care and caution needed from its owner. Young trees typically require more watering to establish a strong root system, whereas those with clay soil or a wet climate may not need watering as frequently.

Ways to Successfully Water Your Trees

If you’ve determined that your tree is indeed thirsting for more water, there are ways you can repair the problem. Installing sprinklers or a drip irrigation system can help provide an extra dose of water where it’s needed most, without the inconvenience of manually watering every day. Also, laying down a thin layer of mulch could help your tree’s roots retain water while the weather is dry. It’s a good idea to get advice from a certified arborist, who can accurately assess your tree’s unique needs. They can make suggestions for soil amendments and watering techniques that’s most suitable for your tree in its current condition.

Looking for a Certified Arborist in Atlanta, GA or Nearby City? Call 404-CUT-TREE Today

Is it time for your next tree risk assessment? If you’re worried that your tree is getting too little, or too much water, call the team at 404-CUT-TREE. Our friendly staff is ready to answer all your questions and can also schedule a convenient appointment with an Atlanta arborist near you.