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How to Water Train your Trees
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Trees naturally take care of themselves. They have deep root system that actively look for sources of water and minerals. Look at the trees in nature and you will see how they manage to survive months and sometimes even years without any apparent source of water. Trees have deep roots that go down 4 times as deep as the tree is tall!
After a good rain, your trees will not need to get any water from you for at least two weeks and in many cases a whole month can go by before you should turn on their drip.
Your trees will need 3 drip heads each, at two gallon per hour. They should be placed three or four feet away from the trunk, best is mid way out to the drip line, place evenly space around the tree. Tree vents, clay drain pipes or as we call them here in Malibu, Wine Bottle Holders, areburied down 1 or two feet. They can get a green grate cover which fits into the tree vents which you then attach the drip head to.
You should set your drips to water your trees for 1/2 hour at least up to 1 hr drip twice a month at most during hot times, once a month rest of the time, less during rain. The amount of time depends on your soil and its ability to hold water. This is the training part since you actually are also training your soil to hold more water. Your soils ability to hold water depends on how alive it is. This is to say your soil has living micro-organisms and if they are not present, your soil will not be functioning and it will not have the proper organic matter and bacteria that both needed for trees to then be able to hold more water. Your trees root system (and the whole tree itself) also hold a great deal of water in storage for use later as needed. So by watering them only as they need it, you are encouraging the trees to develop deep root systems needing very little water from you.
Feeding your trees organically will insure they they are healthy and disease and pest free. Thus, an important part of feeding your trees and indeed your entire property is to provide rock dust at least 2 times per year, winter spring summer and fall better. The best way to health trees is to apply rock dust, compost ad a nice acid mulch several times per year. Never place anything directly up giants the bark, try at least 2 feet out and about 10 feet out past the drip line. I also suggest vertical composting. Placing tree vents about 10 feet out from the tree about three feet down. In here is where you place your compost, rock dust and organic fertilizer mix along with endo and ecto bacteria. Place the drip head on top and water deeply once a month. Replace the mixture once a year.
Remember trees with high Brix readings will not get attacked by pests and will not be getting diseases.