Tree watering is a key part of tree care and it is difficult to recommend an exact amount due to the varieties of climates. But a few rules of thumb will help guide you to water your trees properly.
Spring Watering Instructions
- First two weeks – water daily with about 2 gallons of water
- Next two months – water every other day with about 3 gallons of water
- Until the ground freezes (mid-late November) – water once a week with about 5 gallons of water. Once the ground has frozen, we will also send you instructions on how to water in winter.
Winter Watering Instructions
As a general rule of thumb for young trees, they need 10 gallons of water for each diameter inch of trunk. If your tree has a 2” diameter trunk, it will need 20 gallons of water per watering.
When temperatures are above 40 degrees and the ground isn’t covered with snow (or frozen), we recommend watering once a month from November through March. Be sure to water early enough in the day so the water can soak into the ground before freezing after sunset. Please remember to disconnect your hose after you water!
For more in depth information, please follow this link from Colorado State University Extension.