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

GardenWise on Winter Watering and Mulching


Winter Garden Prep

WATERING: Water all new trees,

shrubs and other plants before you

put your hose away for the winter

as they require as much moisture

at the root level to survive though

winter.  Rainfall only soaks in just

below the surface.  This last deep

is important for your newlyplanted trees, shrubs and especially evergreens.

WINTER MULCH: A reminder that we’re approaching that day, so after the

ground has become frozen, apply an extra layer of organic winter mulch to

tender plants, such as Lavender. Avoid using mulch like whole leaves that

will compact and smother your plants. Mainly Mulch works nicely and adds

organic matter as it decomposes. Don’t apply the extra mulch before the

ground has become frozen, which is an open invite to unwanted guests

such as mice to move into your garden.