Watering Trees - Knowledgebase Question

Phoenix, AZ
Question by bobsearles
March 11, 2002
My son is installing a yard and tree watering system and is wondering how to set up the system for watering trees, some
citrus and other yard trees. Is it best to water near the trunk? What kind of heads should he use?

Thanks again, Bob


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Answer from NGA
March 11, 2002

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It?s important to learn the specific needs of your landscape, both for its health and your water bill. For newly planted trees, water should reach about 2 feet deep, expanding to 3 feet as it matures. You probably need to water about once a week until the root system establishes, or keep the soil consistently moist for a month or so. Then gradually taper off. Depending on the summer heat, you might need to water once a week, or maybe every two weeks. Yes, different trees have different water requirements. Native adapted plants will require less water than trees from rainier climates, for example. Citrus trees are big water users. Drip emitters or soaker hose are better than sprinklers, which waste alot of water. Wet foliage and trunk tissue is also more susceptible to disease. Hope this helps.
It?s important to learn the specific needs of your landscape, both for its health and your water bill. For newly planted trees, water should reach about 2 feet deep, expanding to 3 feet as it matures. You probably need to water about once a week until the root system establishes, or keep the soil consistently moist for a month or so. Then gradually taper off. Depending on the summer heat, you might need to water once a week, or maybe every two weeks. Yes, different trees have different water requirements. Native adapted plants will require less water than trees from rainier climates, for example. Citrus trees are big water users. Drip emitters or soaker hose are better than sprinklers, which waste alot of water. Wet foliage and trunk tissue is also more susceptible to disease. Hope this helps.

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