Don't forget the trees, even old
established ones, when extended dry periods and droughts move in.
fact, these should be a high priority since it takes many years to replace an
moisten the top 12 inches of soil under the dripline when watering deciduous
trees; and the same depth, but three to five feet beyond the dripline for
10 gallons of water for every inch diameter of trunk. So a 4-inch diameter tree should receive
about 40 gallons of water each week.
can apply the water with a soaker hose, encircling the tree and covering the
area under the dripline. Or make your own drip irrigation system with 5-gallon
buckets. Drill several holes in the
bottom of the buckets, set around the tree and fill with water.
don't forget to mulch. It conserves
moisture, suppresses weeds and keeps weed whips and lawn mowers away from the
let the weather, soil, and the plant you're growing determine your watering
schedule. High temperatures and fast
draining soils dry out quickly and the plants will need more frequent watering. Cooler temperatures and slow or poorly drained
soil stay moist longer. Established
trees with larger root systems and drought-tolerant trees need less frequent
watering than moisture lovers and new plantings.