May 14, 2018

How Much Should You Water Trees in the Summer?

Just like all living things, trees need to have the right balance of nutrients and water to survive and thrive. Caring for trees isn’t always easy, and even seemingly simple needs like watering can be tricky under certain circumstances. Homeowners often need to overcome a variety of water-related struggles throughout a tree’s lifetime, like flooding, droughts, or caring for a new sapling. At 404-CUT-TREE, we are excited to offer professional tree services in Atlanta, Norcross, Milton, Tucker, Johns Creek, Doraville, Brookhaven and other local neighborhoods. We understand the importance of proper watering technique and its effect on tree health. Follow these suggestions to help provide your trees with a balanced amount of water this summer.

Plant Trees That Suit Your Local Climate Conditions

If you’re going to invest in a new tree for your property, do some research and find out which varieties do best in your natural climate. If you live in an area that’s prone to drought during the summer, opt for trees that don’t require a lot of water. On the other hand, homeowners in areas with seasonal rain or flooding may want to choose trees that can hold up against extra moisture. Here are a few options for property owners living in climate zones 7-9.

  • Tolerant to Excessive Moisture – Shellbark Hickory, Paper Birch, River Birch, Weeping Willow, Red Maple, Silver Maple, Bald Cypress
  • Tolerant to Drought – Japanese Zelkova, Thornless Honeylocust, White Fir, Arizona Cypress, Kentucky Coffeetree

Watering Young Trees

During the first season after planting a new tree, you’ll need to water mostly the area containing the root ball. Watering sufficiently is important, especially in the summer months, but you don’t want to overdo it. Give the tree just enough water to encourage growth, but try not to make the tree’s roots dependent on you for its water supply. A small amount of mulch can help maintain below-ground moisture levels for longer during the hot summer days. However, be cautious about piling mulch too high onto the base of the trunk, as this can hinder the sapling’s development and trap too much moisture. If your tree has already been planted for a few months by the time summer begins, then you’ll want to expand the area of watering to encompass the shadow of the entire canopy. Most tree varieties benefit from being watered in this fashion for two or three years after planting. In areas where rain is frequent, you may only need to water once a week. During times of unusual heat or lack of rain, it may be necessary to water up to three times per week.

Tips for Watering Mature Trees

Established trees are usually more independent and don’t need a lot of extra attention from homeowners. However, if it has been an exceptionally dry summer, you may need to bring out the soaker hose a few times a month until the rain returns. Most of the tree’s roots will be in the top twelve feet of soil. Keep this in mind when irrigating. Unlike grass or garden sprinklers, which only water the soils surface, a soaker hose can help provide the deep nourishing water that feeds your tree’s anchor roots. Avoid getting the water too close to the trunk during irrigation, since this can create conditions that invite wood rot and fungal growth.

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