Keep Watering Those Trees!

Photo by Jon Hayes Photography.

In these dog days of summer, the need to keep our street trees watered is great. While we’ve had a couple strong rain systems roll through the area over the past couple days, they are the normal summer type of storm where the rain comes fast and hard. This is a great way to take the edge off the heat, but it’s not a great way to keep the trees watered since the rain comes so hard that most of it simply washed down the drain.

So even with the occasional summer afternoon squall, we still need to regularly water our street trees, at least the young ones. Casey Trees issues guidance called “25 to Stay Alive”, which GM links to up on the right. That guidance is as follows:

Trees are living things and need water to survive. 25 to Stay Alive is an easy way to remember that trees require 25 gallons of water – approximately 1.5 inches of rainfall – per week to stay healthy.

Apply water slowly. This prevents wasteful runoff and allows for the soil and roots to absorb the water.

Watering trees is easy. To make watering even easier, use one of the following techniques:

  • Turn on a hose on low for a 1/2 hour at the base of the tree.
  • Place a 5-gallon bucket with holes in the bottom at the base of your tree.  Fill the bucket up five days a week.
  • Add a 25-gallon slow release watering bag (such as an Ooze Tube or Gator Bag) to the base of your tree.  Fill it up just once a week.
You can ease off the watering a bit after a rainfall like yesterday, but probably not as much as you might think. If you really want to ensure the tree’s health, just splurge for an Ooze Tube:
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