It’s going to be a LONG – HOT Summer!
How often should you deep water Parkway trees?
Water deeply by setting your hose on a slow trickle or using a soaker hose near the base of the tree. Leave the hose on trickle for about 2 hours. On average, your tree will need 15 gallons of water per week. Water two to three times per week depending on how hot and dry it is outside.
Established trees: Don’t rely on lawn sprinklers – they won’t water deeply enough to reach tree roots. Instead, slowly soak the tree’s drip line, the circular area under the farthest reaches of the branches, until water reaches 12-18 inches below the surface. Don’t water close to the trunk. You can use:
A soaker hose
A hose sprinkler on a low setting
Drip tubing or emitters
If the root zone extends under hardscape or beyond your property, slowly soak as much of the root zone as possible.
For the first three years after planting, all trees need regular water to get established. Don’t rely on lawn sprinklers — they do not soak soil deeply enough to encourage a healthy, deep root system for your tree.
The roots of young trees are located mostly near the trunk.
The easiest way to water young trees? Drill a small 1/8″ hole near the bottom of a 5-gallon bucket. Place a piece of duct tape over the hole, fill the bucket with water, place it near the root ball, and remove the tape to allow water to slowly drain into the soil.
AGE FREQUENCY AMOUNT
1 yr 2-3 times/week 1 bucket
2 yrs Once per week 2 buckets
3 yrs Every other week 3 buckets
You can also use a small soaker hose, drip tubing or emitters, or a hose sprinkler on a very low setting. Avoid spraying the trunk, and expand the watering zone outward as the tree grows.
Credits to the Hancock Park HOA for this informative article