It’s warmer and dryer than usual in Kansas City for the beginning of Summer. Lack of rain coupled with high temperatures have put many plants at risk this summer. In order to survive this hot, dry summer, make sure your young trees are receiving a consistent supply of water. But water properly (avoid run off), to ensure good growth.
A young tree should be defined as establishing plants that have not been in the ground more than five years. Trees that have had a longer time to develop strong roots are more likely able to tolerate the summer stress. So if you have trees that have only been in the ground for a year or two, they are at the greatest risk.
Horticulture expert, Dennis Patton, says that “a general rule of thumb, a newly planted or young tree will need at least ten gallons of water per week. That is, depending on soil type and tree size.” – kcgardens.kansascity.com
How are your young trees looking this summer?