Young County trees have lacked necessary water for years. Even some of the extremely drought-tolerant mesquites are dying.
Young County AgriLife Extension Agent Brad Morrison has some suggestions on how to help save your trees.
“This has been going on for five years, and we’re at the point where even deep-rooted plants are having severe difficulties,” Morrison said. “It’s started showing up in our pecan trees in the thinning of the foliage and the canopy, and we’re also even seeing it in mesquite trees and cedar trees.”
The cure for this is moisture, but with little to go around, Morrison suggests putting the trees in your landscape first. “I would recommend that people really take an opportunity and do some supplemental watering of their trees even more importantly than their turf. Because we don’t want to lose these trees next spring,” he said.
Deep watering is the best for trees which is a slow watering over a prolonged period of time or lower in volume, but long in duration. Proper placement of the water is important, as well. Morrison recommends watering about midway between the trunk and the outside edge of branches or overhang.
“That’s where the primary feeder roots reside underneath the drip line of the tree,” Morrison said. “Soaker hoses and things that put out low volume but continuous amounts of water are better than short, quick waterings. It probably would not hurt during these extremely hot temperatures to water during the evening to reduce evaporation.”
Read more about helping your trees survive the drought in the Aug. 11 issue of The Graham Leader.