More Rain, but Little Gain

More rain today that probably did NOT provide a great deal of benefit for our trees. Soils have become so dry and hard, most rains we’ve had recently just shed off the surface and never penetrate to the 6-12″ depth needed to reach a tree’s fine absorbing roots. Trees in Northeast Ohio NEED water right now. Normally, we recommend 1″ of water every 7-10 days. However, you first need to water slowly and long enough to get the upper 6-12″ wet. Once you’ve achieved this, then future watering will soak in much better as will rains. And, it’s important to keep in mind that you don’t want your trees to go into the winter months under drought stress. So keep watering up until the first hard frost, which we can expect to fall sometime in October.

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