Will Too Much Rain Kill My Tree?

It seems like the spring season is almost upon us since the snow has melted and the rain is in full affect. Everything growing in the ground needs this seasonal showering of water for spring growth to occur; however, can too much water be a bad thing for trees? After all, the results of back-to-back melting snow and rainfall might have your lawn feeling a little too soggy.

Continue reading to learn the facts about tree watering and tree care that will set you on the right track toward optimal tree health.

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Over-Watered Trees

It is common knowledge that water is the ultimate, essential resource for trees and plants. Without it, there is just no chance for survival. On the other hand, the old saying, “too much of a good thing can be bad” might apply to landscaping trees under certain circumstances. It is possible to over-water a tree, and similarly, for a tree to receive too much water from snow and rain.

One of the most detrimental risks associated with over-watering are water-logged tree roots, which can lead to a vascular fungal disease within the root system. When tree roots accumulate too much water, they cannot receive enough oxygen, nor properly transport water through the rest of a tree. Common symptoms of an over-watered tree include leaf wilting, scorched leaves, pest infestation, root rot, bark rot, and leaning.

What About Flood-Resistant Tree Species?

A water tolerant, or flood-resistant, tree will be able to withstand, and ultimately, survive, the conditions it is exposed to standing water over a period of time. Examples of such trees that are compatible with Indiana hardiness zones include River Birch, Weeping Willow, Bald Cypress, and believe it or not, Red Maple. Additional water tolerant tree species to consider include Hackberry, Black Tupelo, American Sweetgum, and Overcup Oak. However, there is a point to which even flood-resistant tree species can receive too much water, and ultimately, become water-logged.

How to Water a Tree Properly

The general rule of thumb for watering trees varies a bit depending on certain factors. But with all tree water, keep in mind that heavy, slow watering once or twice a week is better than frequent short watering. Also be sure your trees are properly mulched, at least 2 to 3 inches around the base, to netter retain moisture during dry periods. You know your trees have receive the right amount of water when you dig 6 to 8 inches in the soil and it is moist but not soggy.

Use this guide below as a reference for proper tree watering:

🌲 Newly-Planted or Transplanted – 1 to 2 times a week during growth season.
🌳 Young Trees – Water regularly during periods of no rainfall.
🌲 Mature Trees – 1 to 2 times a week during growth season.
🌳 Sick Trees – Water regularly, while seeking advice from a certified arborist.

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