July 18, 2022 /
Christina Hester

Half-way there: Weekly Watering Alerts

July marks the halfway point for Casey Trees Weekly Watering Alerts! (Released May–September). While May gave us a lot of fun in the sun with minimal rain, we’ve noticed an increase of scattered thunderstorms as the summer continues. DC has received a total of 14.5 inches of rainfall since May. (Which is nothing compared to what we’ve seen in past years.) Now, between flash storms and unpredictable weather, this season has truly left us “livin’ on a prayer!’  

In June, DC hit record breaking temperatures and stayed dry until the end of the month. With the hot days and midday temperatures hovering around 90 degrees, it was a crucial month for watering trees. Remember, young trees need 25 gallons of water a week to survive. 

This month has provided fairly average temperatures with a side of extreme thunderstorms. These weather events roll in quickly and can be rather unpredictable, so always remember, “When thunder roars, go indoors!”  If your trees get caught in a major storm, assume that you’ll be safe to skip their watering routine that week.

This week however, is going to be hot, hot, hot! With temperatures reaching the 90s every day, watering your trees will be essential to their health and happiness. 

As the month continues, we’re expecting to see cloudy days with more scattered thunderstorms and less watering days. But don’t get too comfortable, it’s essential to monitor the weather in your area so that you can be sure that your trees get 25 gallons (or 1.5 inches of rainfall) a week. 

We’ll be back in September for a final watering alert season close-out, but until then sign our “25 to stay alive” Watering Pledge.