Healthy trees are better able to withstand insect pests and disease.
Here are some guidelines for keeping your trees healthy.
- Water your tree in the early morning or evening.
- Check if the soil is moist to the touch, if so your tree may not need it.
- Water around the tree's drip line (an imaginary line extending from the outermost branch tips straight down to the ground), rather than just around the trunk.
- To reach the roots responsible for gathering water make sure the area around your tree is moist to a depth of 30-45cm below the surface, depending on the size of the tree.
- During drought conditions, the soil may first repel the water. Water lightly several times on the first day until the soil will accept the water.
- Trees can drown! Instead of watering often, water generously in one long, slow application.
- After a good watering, let the area dry for at least a week before watering again.
- Wood mulch will help to keep the roots cool and moist.
- Water your trees well in early spring and fall to prepare for winter.