Environment

Oct 16, 2012 4:45 PM by Greg Boyce

Winter watering of trees is recommended in our climate

The City Forestry Department would like to remind residents to water their trees, even though the weather is getting cooler. After several years of drought, trees in Colorado Springs could use a little extra care.

Watering trees in fall and winter allows them to emerge healthier in the spring. Drought-stressed trees are vulnerable to disease, insect infestations, branch dieback, or even death.

Watering recommendations:

  • Water to a depth of 12" below the soil surface
  • Water slowly to saturate soil within the ‘drip-line' of the tree canopy, move the hose around for large trees
  • Give the same amount of water year round - 10 gallons per inch of tree diameter 1-2 times per month. An easy rule of thumb is to measure the tree trunk diameter at knee height and water for 5 minutes per inch

For more information:

  • http://www.coopext.colostate.edu/4DMG/Trees/caring.htm
  • http://www.csu.org/residential/water/Documents/item14204.pdf

 

 

 

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