How to keep your trees alive and happy during the Chippewa Valley summer drought

Eau Claire (WQOW) – The hot dry weather isn’t only affecting your body, but your lawn and trees are suffering too.

Simply watering your lawn is not enough to keep your trees healthy. The Chippewa Valley has more than a 3-inch rainfall deficit this summer,

Erin Nyhus, Greenhouse Manager at Down to Earth Gardening Center, said the hotter it is and the longer it lasts, the more water is needed.

She said most people water too close to the trunk. You should be watering the ring around the base of the trunk, to hit the roots underneath. A good rule of thumb we tell most people is, that you need to put your hose on a slow trickle about the size of your pinky finger, and go ahead and let that run on your tree at the root ball, for twenty minutes to a half hour to really get the proper amount of water on," Nyhus told News 18.  

Nyhus said you can tell the tree is too dry when there is yellowing by the trunk. She also said depending on the type of tree, about an inch of water a week is needed and new trees especially need water until the first freeze comes in winter.
 

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