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Forest service offers tips for watering trees during drought PDF Print E-mail
Written by Holyoke Enterprise   

Despite heavy rains over parts of Colorado in recent months, persistent drought conditions have parched the soil over much of the state, stressing even irrigated lawns and urban landscape trees.

During these periods of drought, homeowners should consider supplemental watering to keep their trees healthy.

The most recent U.S. Drought Monitor map, released last week, indicates that approximately 50 percent of Colorado is currently experiencing some form of drought—with some southern portions of the state under “severe” or worse drought classifications.

The CSFS offers the following tips to keep trees healthy during summer drought:

Water a wide area. Tree root systems, unlike carrots, may spread two to three times wider than the height of the tree, with most absorbing roots in the top foot of soil. Apply water to soak the entire area underneath the full span of a tree’s branches.

 

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Holyoke Enterprise July 10, 2014