Trees should be watered when needed. This may seem obvious, not so for many people, when they have been repeatedly doused why.
Excessive irrigation causes several things:
• Choking and root rot. Under these conditions, is activated fungus that live in soil and colonize the roots, killing the copy of irremediable.
• That the tree roots to develop more surface and therefore does not deepen the search for water (which, if we had given us.) This makes them more vulnerable to drought. For example, in the drought of the early 90s has been deleted irrigation in public parks a lot. Results: The plants, including trees, used for watering often lose many leaves, there were deaths and severe damage. Waters soon and the tree will be more difficult.
Shallow and deep roots
• In addition, we do not need to spend water, a scarce commodity in many places.
How often should I water my tree?
That depends on many factors. The most important are:
Some species require more water than others. For example: The olive tree. Very resistant to water shortages, others not so trees.
• Size of tree
A small tree requires less water than large, because both have more leaves to feed.
Need more water in spring than in winter, because in full swing. Or when in flower, also consume more.
On wetlands, which store more water, need less rainfall and watering less to live. Conversely, the soil is very dry, sandy, where rain or water to drink and mostly lost in depth is not stored (think of extreme cases of sand on the beach). This will require more irrigation or rain in the first case.
• The environment in which they find
a) If the sun require more water in the shade
b) If more hot water ….
c) If more wind … more water.
If you buy seed from one or two years, will need watering until the roots abundandes and can be independent. See how the trees in our cities, as adults, the water does not, or only done in case of drought.
Therefore, it is best to water until the formation of the tree and from there, very little or even nothing. Although if you want to grow faster (eg, shade trees as soon as possible), you must water and fertilize more regularly.