Over/Under Watering New Trees

Discussion in 'Landscape Maintenance' started by 4 seasons lawn&land, May 28, 2010.

  1. 4 seasons lawn&land

    4 seasons lawn&land LawnSite Gold Member
    from NY
    Posts: 3,587

    I planted a row of 4-5" caliper pears and am mostly concerned about over watering. Should I be watering everyday for a while or is that too much?
     
  2. HayBay

    HayBay LawnSite Senior Member
    from Ontario
    Posts: 846

    Get a moisture probe that is about 10" in length. They are cheap.

    keep it at about 4-7 or in the green.

    check several spots around base of transplant.

    Those are big trees. That must have been 60"+ root balls.
     
  3. White Gardens

    White Gardens LawnSite Fanatic
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    Good call on the probe. Those things take the guesswork out of watering.

    I shoot for a good soaking once every two to three days. I think the key is though is the hole you dug and making sure that the bottom of the hole isn't a hardpan.
     
  4. 4 seasons lawn&land

    4 seasons lawn&land LawnSite Gold Member
    from NY
    Posts: 3,587

    Yes, they were huge and a PITA but they werent 60. They were 36 wide 36 deep.

    When I checked today 19 hrs after planting and watering it was still pretty damp around all of them so Im letting them dry a while.

    How do those probes work?
     
  5. 4 seasons lawn&land

    4 seasons lawn&land LawnSite Gold Member
    from NY
    Posts: 3,587

    Fairly moist 48 hrs after planting. Deeply watered. Any more big tree installers around?
     

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