Keep watering trees this fall

We have had a very dry late summer this year.  Dry conditions can take a toll on both new and established trees.  Once trees become stressed they are more susceptible to diseases and disorders.  However, watering your trees into the autumn until the ground freezes will increase tree health and reduce the chance of winter damage. 

Trees thrive on less frequent, deep watering to maintain soil moisture at proper levels. 

Follow these guidelines: 

New trees (1-4 years old)

  • Water by rain or hose two times per week for the first growing season
  • Use 2 gallons per inch diameter each watering
  • Supply water at least once per week during years 2 - 4
  • If possible, water the entire root area with a radius of 3 – 6 feet around the tree
  • A layer of wood mulch will conserve soil moisture

Established trees

  • Supply water at least once per week
  • Use 2 gallons per inch diameter each watering
  • Water around the tree’s entire root zone, not just the area next to the trunk
  • A layer of wood mulch will conserve soil moisture

Contacts

  • Solid Waste Coordinator

    952-548-6351