Watering Tips

Adequate water is essential at planting time. Place water hose at base of tree and allow water to slowly trickle until soil is saturated. The following watering schedule may be utilized with adjustments made during prolonged periods of rain or drought:

  • Initial watering after planting:
    Root zones should be slow-soaked every seven days for four weeks.
  • November-February:
    Root zones should be slow-soaked every three weeks.
  • October, March & April:
    Root zones should be slow-soaked every two weeks.
  • May-September:
    Root zones should be slow-soaked once a week.

Summer Watering Tips

During a drought, it is extremely important to water young trees on a regular basis. A good rule of thumb is a minimum of 1 inch per week using the slow drip method. If watering normally, you should water your tree 7-10 gallons at least 2-3 times per week. This should be increased for larger trees. Always apply a 3′-4′ circle of mulch on a newly planted tree. The mulch should cover the entire root zone to help retain moisture. Hardwood or cypress mulch generally lasts longer than pine mulch. Add mulch 2-3 times during the growing season, but keep mulch from piling around the trunk of your tree to prevent potential rot problems. By following these simple tips, your new trees should stay healthy and hearty during the harsh Houston summers.

Watering Trees in Drought

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