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Tree Watering

Discussion in 'Landscape Maintenance' started by Wiedmann, Jul 20, 2012.

  1. Wiedmann

    Wiedmann LawnSite Member
    Messages: 138

    With a the drought we are seeing in my area I've had some interest in having trees watered. I've been looking on here but can't find of any talk about it being part of anyones business.

    I'm stuck at what I could charge to perform this service. I have one job where I have 34 trees and 21 bushes to water. I can drive relatively close to them. it seems like it can be a pretty profitable business. When I think of this job I think they have thousands of dollars in trees so they are dumb not to water them. Anyone performing any services like this?
  2. Smallaxe

    Smallaxe LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 10,082

    I only water trees in critical areas, typically when mowing or am there already for other reasons... as a separate business it will be difficult to get money for doing that from most h.o.s, I think...
  3. Duekster

    Duekster LawnSite Fanatic
    from DFW, TX
    Messages: 7,961

    It depends on the age of the tree, size of the tree and how long it has been established. Yes, I will water trees, particularly those that have not been in the ground long.

    In extreme drought even large trees need water, a very good soaking at least 1 per month.
  4. Wiedmann

    Wiedmann LawnSite Member
    Messages: 138

    these trees I'm looking at are fairly new. I would guess most less than 3 years old. They all have dead leaves on them. Seems like they aren't going to make it unless they get some water.
  5. Coffeecraver

    Coffeecraver LawnSite Senior Member
    from VA.
    Messages: 793

    If all the leaves on the trees are dead then they are too far gone for water
  6. GreenI.A.

    GreenI.A. LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,131

    actually many trees will drop their leaves in extreme drought in an effort to compensate for the lack of water. This allows them to use the little water that is available to maintain through the drought. A better test of how the drought is effecting the trees is to cut some twigs to see if they are still alive or if they are dead.

    As far as watering, we have set up a number of temporary irrigation systems for newer landscape beds
  7. Coffeecraver

    Coffeecraver LawnSite Senior Member
    from VA.
    Messages: 793

    Leaves that are dead and leaves that have dropped are different.
    dead leaves are dead leaves
    leaves that have dropped are not there
  8. ed2hess

    ed2hess LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 14,453

    We watered a lot of trees last year.....dumped about 15 gal on each tree used a shindawa pump on a 250 gal tank. We didn't charge because we weren't mowing so did this for customers on HOA properties. Could not get any hotel to sign up for us to water their flowers at $25 a day. This year I got 31 flower beds on two HOAs and I have a 60 gal tank. Use this to water replants and fertilize and any extra watering between watering days.
  9. Dr.NewEarth

    Dr.NewEarth LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,476

    If you can convince people that "Water Stress" will attract bad insects that will damage their trees, then you could be on to some-thing.
  10. Duekster

    Duekster LawnSite Fanatic
    from DFW, TX
    Messages: 7,961

    Yes, to clarify, if the tree drops leaves that is a decent sign it is reacting to stress but it can only do that once maybe twice per season.

    Dead leaves holding on are a bad sign.

    I would water the 3 year old trees a minimum of 1 per month in a drought if it gets some turf irrigation. Twice per month if it gets no irrigation.

    I like 3 oz of Superthrive and PCH Tree fertilizer at 1/2 strength per 100 gallons ( get the one with low N). Use an injector and feed 8 to 12 inches deep.

    I would consider 10 gallons per Caliper inch to be a minimum per watering when watering twice per month.

    I inject about 1 quart on 2 feet OC under the canopy and more around the feeder roots.

    If it gets irrigation then I stay the same but hit once or twice a summer

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