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Watering young trees in dry weather

 30/04/2020    Last Modified: 07/05/2020

Please Water Me

Newly-planted trees need to be watered regularly over the summer months if they are going to become established and thrive.

If you have a tree outside your house, or one that you pass on your daily walk, then you can help.

Requirements vary depending on a number of factors such as species and location, but a general rule is that they should receive at least 50 litres of water per week in May, June, July and August:

Please water regularly during dry perods with as much as you can – Every little helps

Watering should ideally be carried out in the early morning or evening.
It is good practice to water trees for the first three years after planting.
If the tree has a watering pipe, then half of the water should be poured down the pipe and the other half on the surface of the tree. If the tree has a watering bag, then fill that.
Where possible, water should be sustainably sourced. Harvested rainwater is ideal, but bath water, or water which has been used for the washing up, is also suitable.

More information about tree watering can be found in the London Tree Officers Association (LTOA) publication Sustainable water management, available for free download at www.ltoa.org.uk

General information about trees and tree care can be found at the Arboricultural Association website www.trees.org.uk

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If you would like to add your Local Authority or Community Group logo to the tree watering tags then please feel free to do so; however please ensure that this does not replace the logos of the Arboricultural Association, London Tree Officers Association Municipal Tree Officers Association and Association of Tree Officers – the original logos must remain on the tags.

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