When Water, Water Isn’t Everywhere

Watering in the Heat

It’s important to keep your trees and shrubs properly watered in extreme heat, especially if rain storms aren’t rolling through your area. Heat waves cause damage, so take the time now to give your trees and shrubs a healthy life for years to come.

Birch trees and other trees native to cool areas will be the first to experience drought stress, so water them generously. And keep in mind, many drought-related tree problems may not show up until fall, and evergreen trees and shrubs won’t wilt to show they need water — so pay attention to all trees and shrubs in your landscape!

Newly planted trees and shrubs need a couple of good soakings each week. It’s also important to water the area under your tree’s canopy. If you have an irrigation system, adjust a few heads to soak this area — you can also place a soaker hose through the lower branches of your tree. Keep in mind that trees and shrubs planted in the last few years will also require extra water, as will established trees.

The quickest way to go? Get a glass of water for yourself, grab a hose for 20 minutes, and generously water your trees and shrubs a few times a week.

An Often Watered GardenWise, Inc. Garden in DC

River Birch Trees, A Textural and Visual Delight

River Birch Trees . . . Heavenly

The River Birch (her ein my own front yard!) is becoming a more popular landscape tree because of its distinctive bark, graceful crown and tolerance of drier conditions. The appealing tan to cinnamon-colored exfoliating bark of the River Birch is spectacular in the winter, and dynamic in spring, summer and fall. Lustrous, medium-green leaves are another attractive feature.

The Riverbirch is tolerant of both wet soils and dry summers however low-lying areas of the landscape that retain moisture is an ideal place to plant a few of these trees. I have three in my front yard which have grown to 40 feet and serve as fantastic barrier from across the street and next door neighbors, creating a peaceful and eye-catching sanctuary.