June 2020 – Selecting & Planting The Right Trees – Part 6

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Nine irrigation tips for promoting tree health and water conservation

• Check soil moisture before watering.

• Irrigate in early morning rather than during the heat of the day.

• Avoid irrigating during windy weather unless you are using a drip system.

• Don’t rely on the timings used for turfgrass irrigation to water trees.

• Use drip irrigation and soaker hoses to deliver water to young trees and to flower and shrub beds.

• Irrigate newly planted trees weekly for up to three growing seasons, until they become well-rooted.

• Irrigate established trees deeply (11–16 inches) but infrequently to help roots develop to a proper depth, thus promoting better drought tolerance.

• Discourage root and crown diseases by irrigating established trees and shrubs near the dripline and beyond.

• Use mulches on the soil surface to conserve moisture, control weeds, and maintain a uniform soil temperature. Keep mulch 2 inches away from tree and shrub stems to discourage root and crown diseases.

Where to Water

To properly design an appropriate irrigation program for trees, it is important to understand the way they access and use water. Roots are the sole source of water for the entire tree. Tree root systems are very extensive, growing well past the tree’s drip line—points on the ground directly under the outermost leaves (figure 1). The majority of roots occur in the top 2 feet of soil. Most trees lose their taproots over time but may have a few anchor roots extending as deeply as 6 feet. Even though feeder roots are found close to the surface where oxygen and fertility are readily available, it is important that irrigation water soaks down deep into the soil to reach the entire root system.

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