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How to Know if Your Tree Needs Water

Overwater or Underwatering your Tree?

Trees aren’t just beautiful addition to anyone’s yard, they also have added benefits like cleaner air, shade, and privacy, and possibly the production of fruit. Trees need nurturing care to live and continue to thrive. It’s possible to both overwater and underwater a tree. Your tree needs water, but there various signs that you may be overwatering or underwatering your tree.

Begin by researching the type of tree that you have and looking into how often you should be watering it. Have you been following this? What about the right amount of sun and shade for the tree? Be sure to research before purchasing and even after for ways to cultivate your tree and help it grow. Climate conditions and types of soil even matter for the absorption of water.

Underwatering Your Tree

At times it may be easier to tell if you’re underwatering your tree. It can be a little more obvious. The signs to an underwater tree are as follows. Wilting or curling leaves showing damage. Leaves that are discolored and may look small and dehydrated. Younger trees are known to need more watering due to a lack of an established root system.  Also paying attention to whether the soil is constantly dry. The tree`s natural cycle may be off as well, the leaves may be falling to early. Overall, it’s important to pay attention to your tree care to see if you’re underwatering.

Overwatering Your Tree

Overwatering can be just as detrimental to your tree care as underwatering. Overwatering can lead to irreparable damage and the production of fungus. Signs of overwatering include green but easily breakable laves, the soil around the tree is always wet, and the leaves may show color changes, and wither before full growth. There are various ways to try to save your tree after overwatering it. The first thing to do is to stop watering it completely for at least a week. Let the tree heal and check again when the soil is drier. Do an inspection of the are and be sure to see if there is another cause for the tree getting to much water, this may be leakage or an environment where water is traveling or flooding the area often.

Due to the overwatering the tree may produce fungus,  a tree with fungus can result in root rot, this can be detrimental to any tree. Signs of root rot often mirror those of underwatering and include

  • Wilted/discolored leaves
  • Foliage is dying
  • Roots are brown and soft when removed from the soil

There are certain remedies for root rot, the best of which being prevention. Being careful not to overwater will help with reducing the production of fungus and eventual root rot that will result in the death of your tree. You can also purchase certain chemical agents to combat and kill the particular fungus invading your tree

At Front Range Arborists we can ensure the utmost care for your tree, with years of experience in the business we can identify the type of care a tree needs to grow and thrive. Contact us today to ensure that you give your trees the best chance possible.