July 2020 – Selecting & Planting The Right Trees – Part 8

Depending solely on an automated sprinkler clock to time irrigations can become an unreliable or wasteful method of watering, especially when the weather changes, bringing very hot, windy, or rainy days. Furthermore, since most clocks are set to run at night, clogged sprinkler heads, underground line breaks, or head blockages due to plant growth can be overlooked for long periods, resulting in major plant damage and water loss before the problem is noticed. Occasionally, turning the sprinkler system on during the day to check for breaks and head blockages is a good idea that may help avoid costly surprises.

Some homeowners successfully use garden hoses with attached sprinklers that they drag around the landscape. Although very time consuming, this method of irrigating is efficient in so far as water is applied only where and when it is needed. An extra benefit to this method is that the homeowner is keeping a close watch on the landscape and is no doubt aware of developing problems and can address them in a timely fashion.

Flood. Allowing enough time between irrigations for oxygen to refill soil pores encourages healthy root growth. Flood irrigation of a yard does this, as it applies an ample amount of water to the entire landscape. This method is by far the best for tree health. Unfortunately, few homeowners in subdivisions have water rights allowing them to draw from an irrigation ditch nor are their yards correctly graded and equipped for successful flood irrigation.

If you’re looking to do all of your own tree thinning, we will be your biggest cheerleaders. If you ever need advice, a quick tip, or just have a quick question, please call us anyways. We will be happy to help and assist in any way we can. If there is ever a job that gets to be a little too big, please give us a chance to earn your business. We are the best tree thinning service in West Richland.

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