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Question: How many gallons of water should I use a week?

Answer: Fruit trees should be irrigated according to their water needs and the soil type. A 1-year-old tree usually requires 1 gallon of water per day. If the soil is sandy and the temperature, wind, and sunlight intensity are high, the tree could use 2 gallons per day and more frequent irrigation during these periods.

Excessive watering with any irrigation system can occur if the soil has a high clay content or does not drain well. Overirrigation can cause as many problems with growth as does drought.

A 2-year-old tree usually needs about 2 gallons per day and a 3-year-old tree as much as 4 gallons per day.

Fully mature trees can require as many as 20 gallons a day, depending upon soil type and temperature.

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