Deep Root Irrigators Rescue Dehydrated Trees

March 28, 2017

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:

  1. Work the Deep Root Irrigator into the soil at an angle; to about eight or nine inches deep.
     

  2. 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.

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