Keep Trees Healthy for Multiple Benefits
Trees are a precious resource that provide multiple benefits, including shade and improved water and air quality. Trees should be given highest priority for irrigation since lawns and shrubs can be replaced more easily.
In general, to help your trees thrive, slowly and deeply water mature trees once or twice a month and give young trees about 5 gallons of water two to four times per week. Do not over-prune your trees. Use 4-6 inches of mulch at least 4 inches away from the base of the trunk to retain soil moisture.
For more information about selecting and maintaining healthy trees, go to WaterSmartSD.org and read the tree section of the "eGuide to a WaterSmart Lifestyle."