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Treegator™ Watering System

What can we do?
To reduce the effects of drought, apply 2 to 3 inches of mulch in a ring around the trunk of the tree. The ring should be as wide as possible but shoudl not touch the trunk itself. A mulch layer conserves the soil moisture and keeps soil temperature cool. Water trees in the evening when the air temperature is lower. Lower temperatures result in less evaporation and better conservation of water. This means more water for the trees!

Do a soil moisture test. Remove a small amount of soil near the roots and squeeze. If you can form a sticky ball, the soil is too wet. If it breaks like chalk, it is too dry. If the trees need watering, use proper watering techniques. Light sprinkling only settles the dust and evaporates quickly in the sun. Give the plants a weekly deep soaking, allowing the water to seep at least 12 to 18 inches down. This helps the water get below competitive grass roots and reaches the tree's deeper roots.

When irrigating, the amount of water should be based on the soil texture:

Sandy Soil: - 1 inch of water is requird to penetrate to 18 inches.
Loam Soil: - 2.5 inches of water is required to penetrate to 18 inches
Clay Soil: - 4 inch of water is requird to penetrate to 18 inches.

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