In a drought type of climate, it can be difficult to keep plants appropriately watered to match the conditions. When in a drought, we have a limited supply of water and don’t want to risk wasting water when applying it to the surface, where it can easily dissipate.
How do I know if my trees aren’t getting enough water?
In general; tree leaves may droop/sag, coil at the edges, or turn a yellowish color.
For leaves on trees that renew annually; you will notice brown on the ‘fleshy’ parts of the leaves, or outside edges. This is also said to look similar to leaves that have been exposed to flame.
Leaves may fall sooner than expected, not grow to their full size, or remain on the tree; even if they appear to be dead.
What is the best way to water my tree if I notice any signs it has been under-watered?
By using a Deep Root Irrigator. A Deep Root Irrigator will allow you to inject water directly into the main life source of the tree: the roots. This will not only aid in water conservation (because you are applying water with precision), but will do a much better job nursing your trees back to life.
According to ‘Colorado State University’s – Master Gardener’ website, here are some best practices for using the Deep Root Irrigator for your trees:
Work the Deep Root Irrigator into the soil at an angle; to about eight or nine inches deep.
Using light water pressure; water the area underneath the branches in at least 12 different spots; bordered by the drip line.
Please Note: for recently planted trees, and those that have been planted within the last 5 years, place the tip of the Deep Root Irrigator at least 3 feet from the trunk. You’ll want to water a minimum of 4 areas around trees in the earlier stages of growth.