Special Gift Offer

Watering success

By: Garden Gate staff
Use this handy tip to give your young tree all the water it needs!

Watering success

Don’t guess when it comes to watering a new tree! Until it’s established (in about two growing seasons) figure that a small tree, with a trunk 1 or 2 inches in diameter, needs 10 gallons of water per week.

Here’s a simple way to accurately apply this amount: Drill a 1⁄8-inch hole in the side of a 5-gallon bucket near the bottom edge, just like you see here. Place the bucket at the base of the tree and fill it up — water will slowly flow out into the tree’s root ball, right where it’s needed. Repeat on the other side of the tree and you’ve delivered 10 gallons of water.

Larger trees need more, usually another 10 gallons per inch of trunk diameter. Hot or windy conditions will dry out newly planted trees quickly, so an extra bucket or two may be necessary. In the winter, water once or twice per month, but only if the temperature is above 40 degrees F.

Published: Aug. 6, 2013
  • None

Product Recommendations

Here are some supplies and tools we find essential in our everyday work in the garden. We may receive a commission from sales referred by our links; however, we have carefully selected these products for their usefulness and quality.

GDT_PW Plant Giveaway_300x250_022024

Also in This Newsletter

Garden Gate

GDT Ad_ItalyTour2024_720x90
Last Week’s Newsletter

July 30, 2013

GDT_New Garden Idea Book_865x490_022024