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Watering Instructions

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

Thank you for adopting a new tree!  Your new tree is in the process of establishment.  Even though it doesn’t look like it has much going on right now, it is working on growing new roots to help it survive in its new home.   Your new tree now needs your help to start its long life in your yard.

Regular watering after planting encourages rapid root growth essential for your new tree. Under watering often leads to slow establishment, canopy dieback, and winter damage. Unlike established trees, recently planted trees do best with light and frequent watering. Check the soil frequently and water accordingly if the soil is dry.  Keep in mind that the soil can be dry even though it has been raining.

The only way to know if your tree needs water is to check soil moisture levels. A useful tool is a plant moisture sensor that can be purchased from your local hardware store for around $10. Check both the root ball soil and the soil around it.

Here is a good guideline to get your tree started off to a long life:

  • 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.


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