Watering new trees at initial installation is very important. Watering plants incorrectly it is why most plants die after they are planted. The best thing to do is to use your garden hose and remove the spray end if there is one on the hose. We want to use the hose by itself or a shower wand.
Turn on the hose and open the valve so that the water is not gushing out of the hose but just running slowly. Start by running the water over the root ball until it cannot take any more water. Do it slowly. You may have to water one tree for a minute and then go to the next one. Go back and forth a few times just to make sure that the tree is fully saturated.
For the next week we suggest watering new trees every day. The following week, you can begin to start spacing the days between watering. Water the following week 3 times. The third week, you can start watering new trees as needed.
To see if the tree needs water, stick your finger under the mulch between the root ball and the dug hole. If it is moist then you can delay watering because it does not need any watering. If the soil is very dry, you can begin to water deeply so that the water gets to all the roots of the plant.
Always keep a close eye on your trees for the first 3-4 weeks after planting. This is the most critical time for plants to become established. If you have irrigation, that's great but it's for established plants. Do not rely on your irrigation system for watering new trees. Hand water your trees for the first 3-4 weeks.
Too much water - Your tree will show signs of yellowing and dropping leaves if it is getting too much water. If your not sure, dip your fingers in the soil and check for moisture. If it's muddy, then your tree is getting too much water. Let your tree dry out for a few days before watering.
Not enough water - Your tree's leaves may begin wilting if they are not getting enough water. Water to your tree immediately if you see wilting. Within a day they should perk back up. Always use a good fertilizer to feed your trees and provide nutrition.
Watering new trees is critical for proper root development and establishment. This small chore will give you a healthy, sturdy tree for a lifetime!