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. During extended periods of little or no rainfall and/or high temperatures, trees may need your help getting the water they need.
Here are three easy things to do during the spring, summer and fall months to keep your trees healthy and flourishing:
Track rainfall totals at home.
If less than 1.5 inches of rain falls in a week, you know it’s time to water your trees. Take the 25 to Stay Alive Pledge and we will mail you a complimentary rain gauge to get you started tracking rainfall totals at home. We mail the rain gauges between May 1 and September 30.
Follow our weekly watering alerts.
Every Monday from May through September, we post a tree watering alert — water, do not water or watering optional — in The Leaflet, our weekly newsletter, our homepage, Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. Just follow the recommendation.
Water like a pro.
Watch our instructional video for time-saving tree watering tips.