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Watering Trees and Shrubs

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BURLINGTON, Vt. -

It is beautiful and sunny, but it's been kind of dry lately and it's going to stay dry for a little while, too. That could be a problem if you've just planted some trees and shrubs. They don't have very big root balls and they need to be moist consistently all summer long.

For a large tree, you need to add about 25 gallons of water a week to keep it moist to 6-8inches in the soil. How do you know when you've done that? You get a screwdriver that's about 6-inches long and stick it into the soil. If it goes in easily, that usually means the soil is moist that deep. If it doesn't, it will have some resistance to it.

The other thing you can do is you can get a hose out and, with a moderate flow of water, count to 30. The idea is that you'll add enough water in 30 seconds to really soak down to 6-8 inches.

You can also use gator bags. This is a great little invention. Fill up these bags with water and they slowly ooze out the water over time. You can add about 20 gallons of water into one of those bags. And it keeps the water from running off, too. It's much more of a slow release.

For fruits like blueberries and raspberries, if you want to get big fruits you need to keep water on them. Soaker hoses are a great way to do that. Again they ooze water out and it does it so slowly it keeps the roots nice and moist. They have shallow roots so they need to be moist. That will, in turn, give you nice big berries that taste even better.

~By Charlie Nardozzi

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