Friends of Trees offers advice to help trees survive summer

Tree experts say newly planted trees need about 10 to 15 gallons of water once a week.

Posted: Jun 14, 2018 2:29 PM
Updated: Jun 14, 2018 3:33 PM

EUGENE, Ore. -- Another year of below-normal rainfall forced Friends of Trees to get a jump start on tree watering to ensure young trees survive the hot and dry summer months.

Typically, Western Oregon gets about 23 inches of rain from January to June, but rain totals are down this year. It's also been a relatively dry spring. As a result, 500-plus trees planted by Friend of Trees during the winter months need water to survive.

Tree experts say newly planted trees need about 10 to 15 gallons once a week. In the second season, trees need the same amount of water once every two weeks.
"It always helps to to test the soil before you water. Because you don't want to over water them. A lot of trees die just as much from over-watering as not getting enough," said Becca Snowdale, Friends of Trees Volunteer and Planting Specialist.

Other tree care tips include making sure the trunk is free from weeds. Mulch is also important to help retain water, but experts say to make sure to use coarse bark chips.

Click here for additional tips for looking after young trees.

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