The Q&A Archives: How do you water well witout being soggy?

Question: I repotted my Meyer Lemon tree 6/22/09 as per you instructions. How do I water well and it not be soggy? When I prune it as instructed after a month or 2 how low do I do so. This is the plant I was bringing back to life.

Answer: The tree need to be watered deeply but the soil needs to dry out between waterings or the roots will suffocate. If you haven't already, make a watering well or basin beneath your tree by mounding up a few inches of soil in a circle about 12" out from the trunk. When you water, fill the basin, allow it to drain, then fill it a second time. This will concentrate the moisture over the rootmass and allow it to trickle down, wetting the rootmass. You can water this way, then wait 3-4 days and dig down into the soil. If it is still moist 1-2" below the surface, you won't need to water for a few days. If it is dry, it's time to water. Pruning is difficult to suggest - it depends upon how long the branches are and where the old leaf scars are. Generally, prune off anything that is obviously dead and then shorten the stems and branches by less than one third. You'll want to prune just above an old leaf scar - this is where new growth will emerge. Good luck with your tree!

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