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April 1, 2024 /
Christina Hester

Precipitation Check!

As the summer months quickly approach, it’s important that our trees receive appropriate amounts of water to keep them thriving through any upcoming heat waves and dry spells. That’s why we’re happy to announce the return of our Weekly Watering Alerts!

Our Watering Alerts are determined using local weather forecasts and NOAA/National Weather Service’s observed precipitation amounts for the DC metro area. Watering Alerts are updated every Monday evening and run from April 1st through October 31st.

This year we’ve additionally included watering alerts for DC’s surrounding areas on our watering page. While rainfall often tracks similarly within the region, there are times when some of our microclimates may differ. We don’t expect our weekly watering alerts to vary wildly by region week to week, but we will update our watering alerts accordingly when they do!

It’s not enough to rely on occasional rain showers to keep our trees hydrated. Watering trees during the summer is crucial, as the heat can cause them to become stressed and even die if they don’t receive enough water. Depending on past weather, forecasts, and a few other factors, we’ll either let you know whether you should water your trees, hold off, or if it’s up to you.

This week’s Weekly Watering Alert is: Don’t Water. We received enough rain last week and the forecast shows there is a potential for rain showers in the coming days. Get your rain gauges ready and make sure your young trees get those 25 gallons, one way or another.

Visit the Watering Alert page to learn more about our process and get tips on keeping happy, healthy trees.