Water is the key ingredient is successfully growing your new tree. Of course lack of sufficient water will kill the tree, but even if the tree gets enough water to survive, it will not grow quickly if it gets stressed, especially during the hot summer months.
If you are not going to have irrigation, we recommend that your tree get about 30 gallons of water every 5-7 days for the first 6 months and then every two weeks for the next six months, except in rainy times. This is a guideline and rain, temperature, wind and your soil condition will require you to find the best water timing and amount for your situation. If you are unsure, dig down a few inches before watering to find out if the soil is dry or still holding plenty of moisture.
Water bags with the brand name of GATOR BAG or OOZE TUBE are excellent for speeding up your water time and for allowing all of the water to stay on the root zone. We try and keep a supply of these on had and will sell them to you at our cost ($15-$25).
If you can, permanent irrigation will allow your tree to avoid any stress and grow at its maximum potential speed. As simple buried pvc pipe system with bubblers at the tree is inexpensive and easy to install. We can help you with the details of irrigation systems.
The recommendations for water amount and timing above are guidelines. Your situation will vary depending on climate and soil. Interestingly, the sign of under or over water is similar in that the margins of the leaves turn brown.
We have found that many client are unaware of over watering trees and death of the tree can result, especially in soils with high clay content.
Questions? Feel free to contact our Tree Nursery
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