Water Trees How Long?

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  1. KSQ2

    KSQ2 Well-Known Member

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    They are predicting the driest fall and winter in recent history, after the driest summer in decades. How late do I need to water trees? I stopped watering during the drought of ‘12 in September and lost 90% of our fruit trees. I don’t want to make that mistake again. How late do I have to continue to water? So tired of this drought. :(
     
  2. cutman

    cutman Administrator Staff Member

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    Once the leaves fall off and the temps cool down you will not need to water nearly as much. I’d probably start at once a week but plan on decreasing that frequency to every couple of weeks if able.

    I think a lot of people make a mistake by ignoring trees during the fall and winter. The tops may not grow during that time, but the roots continue to develop.
     
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    I’m watering once a week right now, just trying to keep ‘em kicking. This summer I was watering every 5 days.
     
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    It takes me 3 60 gal tanks to water the new ones this year.I did have 10 that were needing a drink pretty bad so I laid out some 1/2 inch drip line.I usually just lay out and poke a 1/4 inch barbed fitting at base of cage in line.Now I am watering 10 really good since there is a well drilled only 100 ft from these. well.jpg
     
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  5. Gravel Road

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    You should be fine staying with once a week. I would keep watering until the ground freezes. It won't hurt anything and people don't realize how dry it can get in the fall. Last year I watered well into November since it was so dry. Year 2 and they are on their own ;)
     
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    I agree with watering into fall and winter. We usually have dry winters.
    I tend to only water a tree the first year but lately I've been watering last yrs trees too. I just planted 2 trees Sunday so now I'm really making sure I have to water this winter. Don't know why I do stuff like that!
     
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    The new dogwoods, right?:)
    Once it gets REAL cold, have you guys stopped watering by then? Even if only to pick it back up by very late winter?
     
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    I don't water when it's REAL COLD. But I will occasionally water all winter long if I think they need it.
    Yes sir, I planted two Kousa Dogwoods this week. Potted plants from the local nursery. I'm hopeful for good blooms right off the batt and maybe some fruit the first fall.
     
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    Ditto on watering mostly the 1st year but have been watering the last 2 years trees this Summer since it's been so hot & dry in VA!
     
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    This year, I’m watering trees planted 3 years ago. This is the first time I’ve had to do this. I waited until they looked stressed.
     
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