Watering Tips

Nursery Stock Watering Tips

The roots of newly planted trees must not dry out completely.  This is especially the case during the
first growing season, since such stress may kill the tree.  Here are some helpful tips on how to water your
newly planted trees.
1. Remove the nozzle from your hose and place it approximately six inches from the trunk.
2. Apply a small stream of water (1/2″) to soak the ground for 15 minutes depending on tree size.
3. Evergreens 4′ to 6′ height 15 minutes
Evergreens 7′ to 10′ height 30 minutes
Deciduous (leaf Trees)
1″ to 2 1/2″ caliper 15 minutes
2 1/2″ to 4″ caliper 30 minutes
4. Use the wire test to make sure you are watering adequately (this should be done before
you water.)
Cut a coat hanger and straighten to a length of 12″.
Push wire into the soil approximately 6- 12″ from base of tree.
Remove the wire.
If the wire is clear or dusty Water the tree
If the wire comes out muddy The soil is too wet
If the wire will not penetrate Water immediately
If the wire comes out moist with a small amount of soil clinging to it
The soil is properly watered.
As a quick reference (under normal conditions):
Water once a week from Mid April to Mid September