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Help Your Trees Survive a Drought (infographic)

  • by
  • Gene Caballero
  • December 11, 2020

Whether you are concerned about a droughts impact on your lawn, or your landscape rest assured there are several things you can do. Today we will cover some of the best ways to help your trees survive a drought with this infographic. 

Watering New Trees in Droughts

When water is limited, you want to use more water on your smaller and less established trees. Additionally, if you live in a drought-prone area, plant new trees in early spring, or fall in order to avoid the hottest times of the year. 

How much should I water a newly planted tree?

Young trees need 5 gallons of water twice a week when they are established. However, they will likely require more water for the first few weeks after planting them. Simply use a 5-gallon bucket to water your trees.

How much should I water large trees in a drought?

Large trees need the equivalent of an inch to an inch and a half of rain a week along their drip line. Be sure to spread the water throughout the drip line in order to be sure that all of the roots get access to water. 

What trees need water the most during a drought?

During a drought the trees that are most at risk are young trees, trees near "heat traps", trees that are exposed to high wind or full sun. Keep this in mind when water rations get low. 

What is the best time to water trees in a drought?

Early morning before 8 am is the best time to water your trees during a drought. It’s true you can also water at night, but as with your lawn, late afternoon watering may promote the growth of various diseases. 

When do trees need water the most?

In late winter and early spring when trees are forming buds and leaves, water is more important than ever. Be sure your trees get plenty of water during this time!


It’s true, trees are a valuable asset to your property. From providing shade to providing clean air and water there are a lot of great reasons to care for the trees which surround our homes. This infographic does a great job of explaining how to care for your trees during a drought. For more info on caring for your trees in a drought check out Davey



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