Master Gardener Tips August 9, 2023


By Leann Sato, Nebraska Extension Master Gardener

Long days, long drinks. Give trees a drink by wetting the entire root area of the tree until the soil is moistened approximately 12 inches deep. The watering area should encompass, at minimum, the tree’s critical root zone or roughly the span of the tree’s canopy. Soaker hoses, trickle or drip systems irrigate trees with minimum water waste. Alternatively, a berm around the tree may be filled with water for slow infiltration into the root zone. Give parched trees a long slow drink.