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Wallitsch Watering Guide

Have questions about watering? Here is an easy step by step guide on how to keep your trees and shrubs happy!

  • Initial Watering:

  • First Week: Immediately after planting, water the tree thoroughly. Provide enough water about 1 inch to moisten the entire root ball and the surrounding soil.

  • Subsequent Days: For the first week, water the tree every 2-3 days. This helps the tree establish its root system.

  • Establishing a Watering Routine:

  • First Month: During the first month, water the tree deeply at least twice a week, unless there is sufficient rainfall of 1 inch. Adequate water is crucial for the development of the roots.

  • Subsequent Months: Gradually reduce the frequency of watering as the plant establishes itself. However, continue to water during dry spells.

  • Watering Depth:

  • Deep Watering: Water deeply to encourage deep root growth. Apply water at the base of the plant, soaking the soil to a depth of 12-18 inches.

  • Mulching: Mulch around the base of the plant to help retain moisture and regulate soil temperature. Keep the mulch a few inches away from the trunk to prevent rot.

  • Time of Day:

  • Morning or Evening: Water in the early morning or late evening to minimize water loss due to evaporation. This allows the tree to absorb water effectively.

  • Watering Techniques:

  • Soaker Hose or Drip Irrigation: Use a soaker hose or drip irrigation system to provide a slow, deep watering. This helps prevent surface runoff and allows the water to penetrate the soil.

  • Monitoring Soil Moisture:

  • Check Soil Moisture: Regularly check the soil moisture around the tree. Stick a finger into the soil, and if it feels dry an inch or two below the surface, it's time to water.

  • Rainfall Considerations:

  • Adjust Watering: Adjust your watering schedule based on the amount of rainfall. If there is sufficient rainfall, you may need to water less frequently.

  • Winter Watering:

  • Winter Moisture: In winter, continue to monitor soil moisture, especially during dry spells. Watering is still necessary if the ground isn't frozen.

  • Avoid Overwatering:

  • Proper Drainage: Ensure that the planting site has proper drainage to prevent waterlogged soil, which can lead to root rot.

Remember that individual tree watering needs can vary based on factors like species, soil type, and weather conditions like hot sunny days, high winds that can cause soil to dry out quicker. Adjust your watering routine accordingly, and observe the tree's response to ensure optimal growth and health.

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