Keeping your Colorado blue spruce trees well-watered in the fall is important in order to keep the tree hearty and cared for.
Unfortunately, watering your tree isn’t quite enough. Read on to learn about how, and when, to water your Colorado blue spruce trees this fall in order to keep them healthy and thriving.
At the very start of autumn, you should stop watering your deciduous and evergreen trees: this includes the blue spruce. If you stop watering the trees, it will help them enter into a transitional phase, which will protect your trees from new growth that won’t survive the winter.
In the late fall, after deciduous trees have started to drop leaves, give your blue spruces a good soaking. It’s important that you do this before the ground freezes.
When you water the tree, make sure to water all throughout your tree’s driSpline, which is the area that’s covered by leaves and needles, as well as the trunk. This will ensures that all of the trees roots are being watered generously.
You should also be watering your blue spruce to about one foot deep total. If you don’t have a soil probe, you can pick one up at your local hardware store or online. The probe will tell you how deep the water has trickled. You simply have to insert the probe into the ground, and you’ll eventually meet resistance at the end of the watered area. As long as you are able to penetrate the soil to about 12 inches deep, your tree has been healthily watered.
It’s true that blue spruces are very drought tolerant, but in order to grow and thrive, they do need water. On the flipside, they don’t handle flooding well so don’t overwater! When the soil about an inch from the surface feels dry, it’s time to water. But remember, once fall officially arrives, hold off on watering your spruce until deciduous trees in the area start dropping leaves.
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