Summer Time Tree Care

Dry conditions and high temperatures leave trees feeling parched. Well-hydrated trees cope better with the heat. But how much water do mature trees need? And when is the right time to water them? It depends. Grow your tree watering knowledge with the following information.

Signs it’s time to water trees

There are obvious signs trees need water, but sometimes there’s uncertainty about the right amount of water needed to keep trees healthy. The soil holds the answer.

Use a shovel to dig down about 6 to 8 inches and pick up a handful of the soil. It should be cool to the touch and slightly wet, but not soaking. If the soil is really wet, that’s a sign of over watering.

If you don’t have sandy soil, roll the soil into a ball. If it doesn’t hold its shape, the soil is too dry, and it’s time to water.

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