When you buy a young tree to plant in your backyard, it's essential to provide the right amount of water to ensure its successful transplantation and help it develop a healthy root system. The general rule is to keep watering until the roots are established. However, there are several factors that should be taken into account when watering a newly planted tree, such as the amount of rain, wind conditions, temperatures, and season of the year. It's also important to water enough if the soil is already dry.
To make things more complex, soil depth also matters for the amount of water you'll need for your young tree. Bare-root trees, ball- and burlap trees, and potted trees require regular and consistent watering until their root systems are restored. After 12 weeks, water weekly until roots are established. Then, gradually reduce the frequency of watering until, at about five weeks, you water the tree every seven to 14 days. Continue this for the first few years.
Over time, the tree's root system will grow to be much wider and more extensive than the visible crown of the tree. Too little irrigation will kill a newly planted tree, but so will excess water if the tree is allowed to sit on it. To ensure optimal growth and a long, healthy life for your young tree, it's important to create a planting hole large enough to encourage its roots to expand. Unfortunately, many homeowners, landscapers, and other professionals aren't informed about how to properly plant a tree. Therefore, it's essential to do your research before planting a new tree in your backyard. In conclusion, providing adequate water for newly planted trees is essential for their successful transplantation and long-term health.
Factors such as rain, wind conditions, temperatures, season of the year, soil depth and type should be taken into account when watering a newly planted tree. It's also important to create a planting hole large enough to encourage its roots to expand.