The Q&A Archives: watering

Question: Do you water a Blue Spruce at the base, ground level or overhead. One neighbor who has a Fat Albert, told the other neighbor they were told to water overhead,as the trees take their moisture from the needles. Thank you

Answer: It is less wasteful to apply the water directly to the root area when you are trying to keep the soil evenly moist, as you would with a newly planted tree. A soaker hose or drip irrigation system would be the most efficient tool for this. Spruces are however sometimes attacked by mites and these can sometimes be prevented by a weekly washing of the foliage with water from the garden hose -- especially during dry spells. That is the only reason I can think of to water overhead.

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