July 2020 – Selecting & Planting The Right Trees – Part 12
Cycle watering. Another gardening recommendation is to water intermittently — sometimes called “cycle watering.” Intermittent watering is a method whereby water is applied twice or more in one day to the same area, thus allowing time between irrigations for the water to penetrate deeper into the soil. This method works especially well on slopes or compacted soils where water has a tendency to run off. To mimic flood irrigation using the intermittent system, plan to water to a minimum depth of 12 inches with however many cycles it takes, without allowing water to run off. Once the 12-inch depth is reached, do not water again for a week. A soil probe will be useful for checking moisture depth.
Because there are site variables like soil texture and structure, slope, compaction, tree spacing and plant competition, and different irrigation systems to consider, it is difficult to give one recommendation that fits all situations. Therefore, any recommendations given in this publication are strictly suggestions. Combining timed irrigations, regular observations of your trees and other landscape plants, and checks of soil moisture through probing (discussed below) will provide a more complete picture regarding water requirements for keeping your landscape healthy.
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