watering - Knowledgebase Question

wichita, ks
Question by debushnell
September 24, 2006
Do you water a Blue Spruce at the base, ground level or overhead. One neighbor who has a Fat Albert, told the other neighbor they were told to water overhead,as the trees take their moisture from the needles. Thank you

Answer from NGA
September 24, 2006


It is less wasteful to apply the water directly to the root area when you are trying to keep the soil evenly moist, as you would with a newly planted tree. A soaker hose or drip irrigation system would be the most efficient tool for this. Spruces are however sometimes attacked by mites and these can sometimes be prevented by a weekly washing of the foliage with water from the garden hose -- especially during dry spells. That is the only reason I can think of to water overhead.

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