There are many things that could kill a tree, but one of the most common is overwatering. 

Trees are a great addition to any landscape, and they come with so many benefits! All of this love leads many people to treat their trees with too much kindness. Overwatering is a very common problem. As a general rule, if you water your trees more often than once a week, there’s a good chance that you are overwatering them. So, how do you water your trees properly? Our tree care experts in Vail, CO have come up with the following guide on how to water your trees the right way:

If you have newly planted trees…

New trees should be watered right after you plant them. In order to encourage deep root growth, you will want to water deeply. Run the hose over the tree’s root zone for approximately thirty seconds.

If you have young trees…

You can encourage deep root growth by watering your young trees (less than two years old) deeply, just like you did with your newly planted trees. It is also a good idea to cover the soil near the tree with wood chip mulch to help it retain moisture. The goal is to keep the soil moist, but not drenched. If you find the soil is already moist to the touch, you can skip watering for now, but check back often.

If you have mature trees…

Trees that already have established root systems in your yard can withstand a much broader range of water conditions, so unless there is a drought, you can probably leave them to their own devices.

Do you have any questions or concerns about how to water your trees? If so, please feel free to contact us!