Water Newly Planted Trees
Once you just finished decorating your garden by planting a variety of new trees and plants, you may need to think about the maintenance for those plants. Among all maintenance work you are about to do, watering is one of the most important tasks. Different trees have different requirements for water and nutrients. Even for the same tree variety, transplanted trees need different amount of water than the naturally planted ones. So, learning to water a newly planted tree is very important for keeping your garden beautiful and active.
Before calculating the amount of water needed for your new trees, you should do a thorough test on the surrounding environment such as the rainwater, wind, temperature, soil drainage ability, etc. The final amount of water for trees should depend on the above factors. Generally, new trees need frequent watering than the grown ones, and you should water them at least once a day for the first couple of weeks. Then, you can decrease the times of watering and stop watering them once they enter their dormant periods. For those transplanted trees, more water is needed especially during the first two weeks to establish their root system. Of course, over watering should be avoided at all times, and you should check the soil moisture from time to time.
The soil should be kept moist but not soaked for the first year since the tree was planted. More water should be applied during the dry season. You can decrease the amount of water for your trees once their roots are not a “ball” anymore. Once their root systems have been successfully established, they can take care of the water absorption by themselves, and it can save you some efforts to water them. Generally, the best time for watering new trees during a day is in the evening when the temperature is cool and the water evaporation rate is low. Some practice can help you gain adequate experience on how to water newly planted trees in your garden.
Image provided By Ed Yourdon (originally posted to Flickr as Willow tree) [CC-BY-SA-2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons