Recently the California Urban Forest Council posted a helpful information
sheet. The article is very relevant to Wichita Falls and helping trees
survive in a drought – as both areas are mired in an extended drought.
The information sheet points out that aside from being valuable natural
resources, trees and water provide our homes and our lives with many physical
and aesthetic benefits.
The Council points out the situations homeowners need to be concerned with:
Young Trees – The roots of younger trees are less established &
need easier access to water to establish deep root systems.
Mature Trees – Mature trees require more water when growing near
heat traps such as driveways and foundations
Exposed Trees – Water loss is greater where trees are exposed to
hot afternoon sun and constant wind (sounds like Texas!).
Deciduous Trees – The critical time for water is during late winter/early
spring when new buds are forming.
The Council also had the following tips:
- Water (for those fortunate enough that can) younger trees roughly 2 times
a week and older ones just 1 time a week.
- Add mulch around the base of the trees to keep soil from getting to hot and dry,
- The optimal time for watering is when it is still dark - such as before
sunrise and after sunset.
- Plant native or drought resistant tree species that require less water
to adapt and thrive.
Perm-O-Green also offers tree and shrub care as a partner to our quality
lawn care service program. Our tree and shrub programs are designed to
control damaging insect and disease pest while providing the nutritional
requirements for your trees and shrubs; both components critical to maximizing plant