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Fall Watering for Trees

October 18, 2011

Contrary to popular belief, fall is still a good time for watering your trees. When it is winter trees are not able to access water, so it is important that you are watering your trees in the fall, especially if rain is scarce. In early fall, you should stop watering your deciduous and evergreen trees. Do not worry about watering until the leaves have fallen from the deciduous trees. Late Fall Once the deciduous trees have lost their leaves in late family, it is time to start watering again. Evergreen trees will definitely need to be watered before winter. This is because they never lose their foliage and go into full dormancy; they will constantly be losing water throughout the winter.

Water deeply (at least 1-2 feet deep at a time) until the ground is frozen. Deep watering encourages proper root growth so that the trees will be able to access water farther down in the soil. Young trees, especially, need lots!of water to establish roots in preparation for winter. Newly planted trees should be watered at the base, while more mature trees should be watered at the drip line (The edge of the canopy). You can keep watering trees in late fall as long as there is no snow cover and the air temperature is above 45 degrees.

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