Watering & Mulching Guidelines

Watering Guidelines

For the 1st year -- Water the tree every 3-7 days unless there has been a rainfall of 1" or more during that time period. Ten to 15 gallons of water are required for each watering. * The 2nd year -- Water the tree every 10-14 days unless there has been 1" or more of rainfall during that period. Twenty gallons of water are required for each watering. * The 3rd year -- The tree should be watered every 14 to 18 days unless there has been a rainfall of 1" or more during that period. The tree will require 25 gallons of water each time it is watered. *

* Always examine the soil moisture beneath the mulch before watering. If the soil is damp 4" below the surface, the soil is probably moist enough to skip that watering.

Mulching Guidelines

A 4" layer of mulch will lower the soil temperature and conserve moisture. Keep mulch 4" away from the trunk. Young trees need a 4 to 5' diameter circle of mulch. In dry spells, water the entire area a little beyond the drip line (the circumference area of the tree branches and leaves). Small-sized pine bark mulch, available in local nurseries, is highly recommended.

----Oklahoma Department of Agriculture
Forestry Services