Care for my Carrot wood trees
Hello, about three weeks ago we purchased two carrotwood trees, and had them planted. They have now lost all their leaves. The so-called nursery that we bought them from told us that they were not getting enough water, even though we followed there exact instructions. How much water should they be getting? And will the trees come back? We spent over $1,200 on the both of them.
Certified GKH Gardening Expert
A consistent watering regimen is needed immediately following planting in order to ensure that your new tree remains healthy and adapts to its new planting location.
Water your tree 5 gallons every 3 - 4 days, or a total of 10-15 gallons weekly. Because this is only a rule of thumb, it will need to be adjusted to your yard. To do this, check the soil moisture a few inches below the soil surface of the rootball. If the soil is very dry or leaves look wilted you will need to water more frequently. It should feel moist, but not soggy. If there is any excess moisture, wait 1-2 days then check the soil moisture again before watering. Too much water can be just as bad as not enough.