The Q&A Archives: Bald Cypress Tree

Question: I just planted some trees, 3 days later leaves are turning brown. I follow all instructions on card.Didn't mention how often to water.I've been watering every day,is that okay. I surely would appreciate a responds. Thank you. Chris Patino

Answer: This is a difficult time of year for newly transplanted trees and shrubs. The weather is hot and they are making every effort to re-establish their root systems. Some stress is normal and as soon as your new trees do become established they will perk right up. Daily watering is excessive. When the soil remains wet for too long a period the roots can suffocate. So, water your new trees deeply once each week - twice if the weather is hot. The easiest way to water is to build a watering well or watering basin beneath each tree by mounding up a few inches of soil around the perimeter of the tree, about 12" away from the trunk. Fill the basin with water, allow to drain, then fill a second time. This method will concentrate the moisture over the root mass and allow it to trickle down and thoroughly wet the roots. Once each week is usually fine for small trees. Best wishes with your new cypresses!

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