Watering

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Watering Information

Watering consistency is the primary factor that determines your tree’s survival. There are several different watering tools you can purchase to aid in the watering of your tree but in general you should water your tree at the rate of 10 gallons per inch of trunk caliper twice a week during the growing season. For example, a two-inch diameter tree should receive 20 gallons of water, twice per week. During the dormant season (when the leaves have dropped) trees should be watered at the same rate but only once per month when temperatures reach 40 degrees or above. Direct the water to the root ball and water slowly to prevent runoff. Trees prefer to be watered less frequently but with greater volume unlike flowers or turf grass.

10 gallons of water per 1 inch of tree trunk diameter

Watering Methods

Gator bag

Tree Watering Bags

Tree Watering Bags or Water Bladders are common and very helpful tools to assist in watering newly planted trees . All Rooted in Cheyenne trees are provided with a watering bag which holds 15 gallons of water. Keeping in mind that the general rule for watering newly planted trees is 10 gallons per inch of trunk caliper a watering bag should be filled twice per week during the growing season and once a month during the dormant season when temperatures reach 40 degrees or above. Be sure you check your watering bag and bladders for their water capacity.

Drip Irrigation

Drip Irrigation is a great option for watering trees because less water is lost to evaporation and water is applied slowly to reduce runoff. All drip irrigation shall be placed on top of the root ball and have a minimum of two emitters or bubblers placed of opposite sides of the stem or drip tubing rings (preferred) spread evenly around the root ball.

Drip Irrigation close-up
Hand watering

Hand Watering

Hand Watering with a hose should be provided at a slow rate to ensure the water soaks into the ground and does not runoff. Direct the water to the root ball and consider building an earthen berm around the root ball so the water goes directly to the roots.

Established Trees

An Established tree, 3 years or older requires 10 gallons of water per inch of diameter once per week. For example, a 4-inch tree needs 40 gallons of water per week during the growing season. Again, during the dormant season or winter months your established tree should be watered at the same rate once a month when the temperatures reach over 40 degrees. Watering your established trees should be done at the “Drip Line”. The drip line is the outside parameter of your tree down to the ground. This is due to the fact that the roots that are at the drip line are called feeder roots which do exactly that, feed the tree. These roots will move to where they are being best taken care of to maximize success. Creating a widespread root system is best for any tree.

Drip Line Indicators
Watering FAQ's
I have a Rooted tree with a waterbag, where is the opening to add water?

Our Rooted Waterbags have a tag on them at the top of the waterbag, the opening is underneath that tag.

Hose inserted in Gator bag

IS RAIN/SNOW ENOUGH MOISTURE FOR MY TREE?

Rain and Snow are not adequate moisture for your trees. In addition to the normal precipitation received you should be watering your tree 10 gallons per 1 inch caliper twice a week during the growing season and 10 gallons per 1 inch caliper once a month during the dormant season.

SHOULD I ADD FERTILIZER TO MY WATER WHEN I WATER MY TREES LIKE I DO WITH MY FLOWERS?

Using fertilizer additives to your water or soil is not recommended or needed.

Watering Resources

Watering Mature Shade Trees

watering mature shade trees document

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