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.