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Watering Newly Planted Trees

Sticking to a frequent and consistent watering schedule is critical for the success of newly planted trees.

Each time you water, apply two to three gallons of water per inch of trunk diameter.

For a small tree with a two-inch diameter trunk, water daily for the first two weeks. Then water every other day for two months, and once weekly during the first growing season.

For larger trees, water every other day for three to five months, then weekly through the first two growing seasons.

If you miss a day, don’t try to make up for it by applying more water the next time.

Installing a drip irrigation system with a programmable timer will make things easier, and it’ll save you money and resources by delivering water directly to the tree’s root zone.


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