How much water does my tree need during dry conditions?

Trees add curb appeal and property value to your home.  But dry weather makes it difficult for trees to thrive.  Here’s what you can do to make sure your trees are properly watered in hot weather to help keep their appeal.


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Angie Hicks, Angie’s List founder:  “The trees around your home are an investment and need proper care. Well-cared-for trees can add up to 15 percent of value to your home because they increase the curb appeal.

Michael Webster, Ping’s Tree Service: “If you are not doing any watering the soil gets to a point where there is no more available moisture and the way that water moves through soil is osmosis. And what can end up happening is that when that soil gets to that point what they call the permanent wilting point, which again is where there is no more available water, the soil literally sucks moisture out of the plant so that is how it kills the plant during extreme drought.  Most folks will say they have irrigation for their turf, but those are usually on about a 15-20 minute cycle, which is not sufficient watering to get into the root zone of the trees (I would include this). What we like to tell folks is that if you have a tree that you are wanting to keep healthy during these hot times you need to have a soaker hose or some kind of a oscillating sprinkler to put underneath the entire drip line of the tree and water it for about 2-4 hours maybe every 2-4 days.”

Angie Hicks, Angie’s List founder:  “You might see signs of stress because the leaves are scorched or wilted, or fallen already. Talk to an arborist for suggestions for exactly how much water your tree should have and other things you can do to help bring it back around.

Angie’s List Tips:

  • Trees need 2-4 hours of watering
  • Check for drought damage
  • Check Angie’s List for tree service professionals.


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