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PostPosted: Tue Apr 30, 2013 3:59 am    Post subject: watering in tree Reply with quote

When planting a tree and watering in, how much water?
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PostPosted: Tue Apr 30, 2013 8:38 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

puddle it in. you want the water to saturate the roots.
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PostPosted: Tue Apr 30, 2013 10:39 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

medieval knievel wrote:
puddle it in. you want the water to saturate the roots.
But how much in litres
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PostPosted: Tue Apr 30, 2013 11:49 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Depends on how big the tree is, I'm afraid. As a rule, it is better to give lots of water (gallons and gallons) once or twice a week, than a little bit of water (a watering can full) every day. If you have a hose, I'd put it on a low trickle, and leave it there for an hour, twice a week.
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PostPosted: Tue Apr 30, 2013 11:51 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

the initial puddling in is partly to help collapse larger air pockets in the soil.but this time of year, trees don't need an awful lot of water, as they're only just coming into leaf, and the soil is not drying out as quickly.
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PostPosted: Tue Apr 30, 2013 12:16 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Oh yes, of course, do the "finger test" If you can put your middle finger fully into the ground 18" from the new tree's rootball, and the soil feels damp, you don't need to water.
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