The drought of 2011 is resulting in lawns of straw and growing water bills. All of that is pretty obvious. But what may not be registering yet is the incredible damage the lack of water is doing to trees. The folks at the Texas Trees Foundation have been in high alert about the situation.
According to Texas Trees Foundation Urban Forester Matt Grubisich, “Under normal summer conditions, trees and turf should be watered three days a week. Because we’ve had so many days of extreme heat and drought, it’s crucial to water trees at least that often, including deeper watering.”
No, that doesn’t mean getting your shovel out, digging a trench around your trees and creating a moat. It means “it is best to water manually with a hose or a soaker hose; water slowly for about an hour in the root zone under the tree canopy. Once the area is soaked, relocate and repeat watering process until all the root zones have been well watered. Be sure to break up the watering times, if necessary, to prevent surface runoff. If the soil is dry, then it is time to water.”
Oops, it’s time to move the soaker hoses.