Female watering her tree outside.

How Often Should I Water My Trees?

You likely know when to water your indoor plants and how often your outdoor garden should be replenished. But have you thought about how often to water your trees? Though they take up the most space and do so much for your outdoor area, sometimes it’s easy to forget to take care of your trees after you plant them.

Remember, they desperately need water to thrive and continue to do good things for your yard just like any other plant. We asked our experts how often you should be watering your trees.

The Best Tip: Consistency

You want your tree’s soil to consistently stay moist. In order to do that, you have to keep watering. Don’t let your tree dry out but also don’t let it drown in water. Keep up the good work to ensure your tree’s soil stays at the right moisture level.

Consider Your Tree’s Specific Information!

How big is your tree? What type of soil is it planted in? What species is it? Knowing all of this information is pertinent to figuring out when to water it. For example, a newly planted large oak tree needs much more water than an established Japanese Maple.

Once you know all of this information, check your soil. The soil needs to be moist, or slightly damp, but not dripping wet or soggy. Use your finger if the soil is soft enough or dig down two inches with a tool to check on the soil there. If it’s dry, then your tree needs water.

What’s the Best Time of Day to Water Your Trees?

This depends on the season. If it’s a warmer day, water your trees in the morning or in the evening before the sun evaporates whatever you provide. If it’s a colder day, it’s best to water during the afternoon when the soil isn’t frozen.

How Should I Water My Tree?

While spraying the soil around your tree with a water hose will certainly work, it’s best to use a slower approach so you can ensure all of the tree’s roots have a chance at water. Drip lines are a favorite method of ours for that reason!

Have any questions about how often you should be watering your tree? Feel free to reach out to us online or give us a call at 404.252.6448.