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Does My Tree Need More Water?

15 MAY 2019

Does My Tree Need More Water?

The summer heat can be rough for trees, especially if you do not manually water your trees and your area experiences droughts. When regular rainfall doesnt cut it, you will have to take things into your own hands. However, how do you know if its time to water your trees? Fortunately, the professionals at Sesmas Tree Service have some tips. Here are some signs you can look out for to determine whether your trees are thirsty. Residents in the Atlanta area can call Sesmas Tree Service with any questions or concerns. We are also ready to have an arborist assigned to your location if you prefer in-person assistance.

Signs That Your Tree Needs Water

Trees are living things that communicate their needs and display their health through body language. If you want to determine whether your tree needs water, then look out for these signs:

  • Curling or Wilted Leaves: Take a look at the leaves of your tree. Wilting, curling, and brown tips and edges indicate that your tree is likely in need of water.
  • Leaves Changing Color: Its normal for leaves to change colors during the fall, but if leaves are off colored in other seasons, then you might want to pull out the hose.
  • Undersized Leaves: Leaves should all be around the same size. Groups of undersized leaves tell you that your leaves might not be getting enough water.

Signs That Your Tree Might Be Overwatered

Too much of a good thing is usually a bad thing. Sometimes, your tree might seem unusual, but it is not always because of malnutrition or dehydration. Too much water can also weaken the tree. Here are some signs of an overwatered tree:

  • Overly lush grass and/or wet areas around the tree.
  • Leaves appear healthy but are fragile and crumble easily.
  • New leaves wither.

Some Tests to Try

Simple eye checks arent always enough to diagnose the condition of your tree. Here are a couple of tests to determine whether your tree needs some watering or if you should take a break from watering for a bit:

  • Screwdriver Test: Take a screwdriver or similar thin, durable object and stick it about two to three inches into the soil beside your tree. If you struggle to pierce through the soil, then it is likely that the tree is underwatered.
  • Soil Test: This method is a bit more precise. Dig about five to seven inches into the soil near your tree and take a handful of it. If it is drenched, then the tree is overwatered. If the soil crumbles, then you should give your tree some water. Ideally, the soil should be cool and moist.

Call the Professionals

If you prefer to get precise and accurate diagnoses on your trees condition, then call Sesmas Tree Service. Our ISA-certified arborists are trained, experienced, and equipped to detect whether your tree is dehydrated, overwatered, or diseased. Our professionals are on standby to take your call and schedule your appointment.