Watering Redwood trees - Knowledgebase Question

Atwater, Ca
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Question by rmichael
June 26, 2005
We recently planted 20 Redwood trees which are about 6 ft. tall and were in buckets from the nursery. We are in zone 8 and our soil is a sand/clay mix. How much watering should we do right after planting them, and then as the tree takes hold and begins to grow, how much water needs to be applied? The trees we just planted have some brown ends showing up after only two days.

Answer from NGA
June 26, 2005
It sounds as though your new redwood trees are going through a little transplant shock. They should recover within a few short weeks. Water your trees deeply once each week for their first few summers. The easiest way to do this is to build a watering trough or basin beneath each tree by mounding up a few inches of soil in a circle, all the way around your tree (spreading out about 12 inches from the trunk). When it's time to water, fill the basin, allow it to drain, then fill it a second time. This method concentrates the water over the root mass and allows it to percolate down to wet the entire root mass. Best wishes with your new redwood trees!

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