Water Your Trees
Watering Alert: Normal
Watering is optional this week. Soil condition is slightly saturated, with a recent surplus of 0.3 inches of rain. Overall, we are slightly over the desired amount of total rainfall for this calendar date, but this week’s forecast calls for a low chance of rain.
Newly planted trees – those that have been in the ground less than three years – require 25 gallons of water, approximately 1.5 inches of rainfall, per week to survive. (We like to call this “25 to Stay Alive”!) During extended periods of little or no rainfall and/or high temperatures, trees need your help getting the water they need.
Here’s what you can do:
- “Adopt” a tree. Commit to watering newly planted trees on and surrounding your property including street trees.
- Follow our weekly watering recommendations. Every Monday from May through September, we post tree watering recommendations here, on our homepage and to Facebook and Twitter. Tweet @CaseyTrees with the hashtag #25tostayalive or send us a message on Facebook to let us know how your watering efforts are going.
- Take the 25 to Stay Alive pledge. Pledge to water your trees and we will mail you a complimentary rain gauge for your yard. If less than 1.5 inches of rain falls in a week, you know to water your trees. (Offer limited to those within a 25-mile radius of the District.)
- Water like a pro. Watch our instructional video for time-saving tree watering tips and read up on how to best care for your trees by season.
- Use the right tools. Slow-release watering bags are available for purchase on our online shop. Each holds the recommended 25-gallons of water and slowly emits the water so it can be absorb. Fill the bag up and walk away!