Transitioning Water Schedules From Hot Summer, Mild Fall, And Desert Winters

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As seasons change, the amount of water a tree needs to stay healthy can also change. During the summer, fall, winter, and spring, the watering schedule for your trees will need to transition in order to meet the needs of your trees in each set of seasonal temperatures.  

Ensuring that your desert trees receive the care and nourishment they need to thrive throughout the year will simply require you to make adjustments in your water schedule.

Best Ways To Water Trees Regardless Of Season

Be careful to not rely on your lawn’s sprinkler system to get trees the amount of water they need in any season. Regular lawn irrigation often fails in providing tree roots with sufficient water. Instead, be mindful to water trees right at their base allowing water to seep through directly to the tree’s roots.

Drip irrigation systems are extremely effective in getting trees the moisture they need. Because drippers provide a more direct method of watering, the water schedules for trees will be much different than the typical water scheduler for grass sprinkler systems.

Watering During The Summer

In order to ensure that your trees get sufficient water during the hot summer months, you will first need to determine the dryness of the soil. If you are able to roll the soil into a ball, there should be enough moisture in the soil. If not, you have a clear indication that your water schedule will need to be adjusted.

During summer months, the Las Vegas Valley Water District allows for lawn watering on Monday through Saturday, however drip irrigation or other methods of tree watering are not needed as frequently, but they are needed for longer intervals at a time. Between May and September in Las Vegas, it is recommended to run drippers for one to two hours per day for just two or three days a week.

By extending the water schedule to an hour on fewer days, you make sure that enough water gets deep down into the dirt encouraging deeper root growth and preventing soil from getting soggy.

Watering During The Fall Or The Spring

During the fall and spring months, the water schedule for trees is very similar. Again, the amount of water your trees need can vary depending on soil dryness, age of the tree, and even the type of tree.

During the fall or spring (September-October/November and March-April), you might start with a drip cycle two hours for one day a week. If it seems that the soil is too dry in this schedule, you may want to try watering for one hour per day for two days a week. Remember to keep in mind the seasonal watering schedules set in place by your local water district and be careful to water on designated days.

Watering During The Winter

Between the months of November – February, trees are typically dormant and do not require the same amounts of water as in summer months or even fall or spring. In desert climates, however, you should still maintain a watering schedule to ensure that your trees are receiving they moisture needed to stay healthy through the winter.

For the most efficient watering, take the time to remove any weeds within a four-foot radius of your trees, so that the limited water supply can go directly to the roots of your tree, rather than being diverted and absorbed by weeds.

Watering schedules during winter will transition and require less water and not as frequent. Start by watering your trees for one to two hours just twice a month. If it seems that the soil is too dry, you can shift to one hour once a week.

For more information about watering your Las Vegas trees or for you superior tree care service call Nevada Tree Service today at (702) 433-4700.