It’s hard to believe it’s the middle of June already. You’ve probably spent a good deal of time working on your lawn. What many homeowners fail to realize, though, is that their trees also require plenty of water and maintenance.
In Colorado especially, prolonged droughts and high winds can dry trees and soil. That’s why it’s important to water trees just as you would plants and grass.
Let’s take a look at five tree watering tips from the Colorado Tree Coalition:
- Tree roots aren’t like carrots – Believe it or not, tree root systems can spread up to four times wider than the height of the tree. Not only that, but most of the tree’s absorbing roots are in the top 12 inches of soil. This is why our local arborist recommends applying water within the drip line or “critical root zone” as it’s often called.
- Water deeply and slowly – You want the water to moisten the soil in the critical root zone to a depth of 12 inches. Feel free to use a deep root fork, soaker hose, a five-gallon bucket, or a soft spray wand. The key here is to apply water to multiple locations under the drip line. Insert the device no deeper than eight inches into the soil if you use a deep root fork or needle.
- Be smart with how much you water – It’s not going to do your tree much good if you randomly soak it a few times a year. Now through September, trees located in irrigated turf areas do not need additional water. According to the Colorado Tree Coalition, it’s a good idea to water small trees four times per month, medium trees three times per month, and large trees two times per month.
- Use mulch to help retain soil moisture – Maybe you already use mulch in the garden. Well, mulch can also do wonders for your trees this summer. Simply apply within the drip line, at a depth of three to four inches. Ideally, you will want to leave a six-inch space between the mulch and the tree trunk. Wondering what makes the best mulch for trees? We recommend a combination of wood chips, bark, leaves, and evergreen needles.
- Use moisture to prevent disease – Do you want your tree to easily absorb water? Then it’s critical to maintain consistent soil moisture. As we’ve explained in previous posts, stressed trees are more susceptible to disease, insect infestations, and branch dieback.
Loveland’s Dependable Arborist
Trees in Northern Colorado are put to the test every summer. At times, homeowners require the expertise of a certified arborist.
Schra Tree Care has been serving the Front Range for more than 30 years. When it comes to tree health care, our seasoned professionals have you covered. Part of what makes Schra different is that we understand the specific growth patterns and nutritive needs of the state’s urban forest.
Contact our tree doctor to schedule a free consultation.