What is Deep Root Watering of a Tree?

What is Deep Root Watering of a Tree?

Everyone is extra thirsty in the summer. You, your pets, and even your trees!

Yes, during long, hot summer days, your trees also need a nice, cool drink of water.

While there are many watering methods, our scientists at the Davey Institute know the best way to water trees.

Drum roll, please… The deep watering method is one of the best ways to keep trees hydrated during dry spells and prolonged drought. Read below to learn more about this approach and how it helps your trees.

What is the deep watering method?

There is much more to your trees than what you see above the ground, which is the beauty of deep watering. This technique delivers water right to where trees needs it the most – their roots!

Deep watering slowly carries water 8-12 inches into the ground - instead of just wetting the surface.

Why is this the best way to water trees?

Deep root watering saves you time and money while creating healthier trees. 

When you water the ground’s surface, much of the water evaporates before reaching the roots. So, you need to water more. This shallow watering also produces a shallow root system. During dry periods and drought, trees with shallow roots struggle to intake enough water from the top of the soil, which dries out first.

Deep watering solves these problems. You use less water while ensuring it gets to the tree roots. Plus, deep watering encourages trees to grow a deep root system, which helps keep it anchored during strong storms and winds.

If you’re watering trees in drought conditions or an area with water restrictions, such as California, you’ll be grateful this technique uses less water. Plus, deep watering is the way to go if you want to reduce your expensive water bill.

Learn how to deep water your tree using a DIY method or a professional tree deep watering tool.

  • William Bangs Jr. October 24, 2017 >We have an ash in front of our house and a pine (Austrian perhaps) in back. Davey and worked on both of them. Please tell me how much it will cost to water each of them individually and if there is any savings to watering both at once. Thank you. Bill Bangs 630-208-9465
  • The Tree November 17, 2016 >Hi Mary! Your trees and bushes are lucky to have you looking out for them. Yes, we can help give you an estimate of what deep watering would cost. We've passed along your request to your local office, so they should be reaching out soon about a quote. If you'd rather, you can contact them directly by phone at (303) 214-0383 or online here: davey.com/local-offices/north-denver-tree-service/#main-form. We'll talk more soon, Mary!
  • The Tree Doctor November 17, 2016 >Hi there, Michele! We've passed along your question to your local office, so they should be reaching out soon about a quote. If you'd rather, you can contact them directly by calling (303) 214-0383 or connecting online here: davey.com/local-offices/north-denver-tree-service/#main-form. Talk more soon, Michele.
  • Mary Collins November 17, 2016 >I have been hand watering my trees and bushes since the sprinkler was turned off but with this drought, I'm worried! Can you give me an estimate what deep watering would cost,
  • Michele Miller November 17, 2016 >How much for deep watering?
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