This is the “make it or break it” step in the life of a new tree or shrub.
Heavy watering within the first days of planting is critical. After a few days, the watering should be no more often than once a week but always with a large amount of water. For example, if planting a 10 gallon sized tree, apply 10-20 gallons of water at each watering.
Our exact formula for watering new plantings is:
- At the time of planting – Water every day for 3 days.
- The first 2 weeks – Cut back to 2 times per week.
- Spring and Fall – Water only once a week.
- Hot Summer Weather – water up to two times week.
- Winter (when the ground is thawed) – once every 3 weeks if no rain or snow melt.
Periodic but heavy watering is much better for plants than frequent, light waterings. Deep root systems develop, making plants more adaptable to the periodically long, dry spells in Missouri.