3 thoughts on “Water Your Trees, How Much and When”

  1. Thanks for the tip! I had heard that Agaves and cactus soil should be dried between waterings, but I didn’t know that trees needed the same treatment. I just planted a 7′ tall Pecan tree in my front yard and had been watering it 2X a day for the last 2 weeks. How can I tell that the root structure is now established? Or is there a certain amount of time that I should wait after it’s been planted to start letting the soil dry out between waterings? Also, for a newly planted Pecan tree, do I wait a wait a couple years to start pruning?


    1. It is so hot out there now that I would recommend maintaining your watering schedule through the summer. The best time to plant trees is the fall. This is because most of a trees root growth takes place in the fall. It is good for tree to be growing roots as it’s first priority after being planted. This fall, after the temperatures are consistently in the lower 90’s, taper your watering regimen to a deep watering every three days. After this fall and winter your pecan tree should be fairly established. If you have a lawn that gets watered the watering for the turf should be sufficient for the pecan tree once it’s established. If not, you’ll have to play it by ear. Watch the little pecan and when it gets droopy give it a deep watering. You shouldn’t have to water more than 2 or 3 times per week.

  2. Thank you Keith, I live in the low dessert where it can get 118 degrees in August and September I planted some citrus trees in March of this year along with a Anna apple tree. My back yard is flat ground and I’m now afraid for the apple tree.. Any suggestion??? Thanks

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