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Watering

For the first 3 years after planting, all trees need regular water to get established. Don't rely on lawn sprinklers - they do not soak soil deeply enough to encourage a healthy, deep root system for your tree.

The roots of a young tree are located mostly near the trunk. 

The easiest way to water young trees? Drill a small 1/8" hole near the bottom of a 5-gallon bucket. Place it near the rootball, fill it with water, and allow it to slowly drain into the soil. 

AGE  FREQUENCY  AMOUNT
1 yr  2-3 times/week  1 bucket
2 yrs  Once per week  2 buckets
 3 yrs  Every other week  3 buckets
 

You can also use a small soaker hose, drip tubing or emitters, or a hose sprinkler on a very low setting. Avoid spraying the trunk, and expand the watering zone outward as the tree grows. 

 

Find tips for watering mature trees

Download our water wise tree care tips