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Hydration for (Tree) Health

As much as we like to think of trees as being self-sufficient, they need us as much as we need them. There are ways a tree owner can aid a tree during its establishment period, the three years after transplanting that it takes a tree to become habituated to its new environment.
During this time a tree's roots are developing. A healthy root system is essential to a tree’s long-term vigor, enhances a tree’s stability and supplies nutrients to the trunk and branches. Roots are much more than a feeder system for what happens above the soil, they have an intricate life of their own. If roots are a tree’s foundation, they’re also its internet; gathering and sharing information with organisms near and far. To keep the analogy going, roots can also be thought of as a tree’s social network, engaging in countless symbiotic relationships with nearby biota.
Much like the tree itself, photosynthesis, a process that allows a tree to convert energy into nourishment, is thought to be largely autonomous. The basic recipe for photosynthesis is CO2 + H2O + Sunlight. In the Pacific Northwest, despite all our collective wishing, we can’t control sunshine. Likewise, we can't manage a tree's carbon dioxide intake. Of the three ingredients, tree owners can only control if their tree is getting enough water. 
The easiest way a tree owner can help a tree during its establishment period is to make sure the tree's roots are getting enough water. A tree needs 10-15 gallons of water a week in the dry season. The only way it will get that amount of water during the months of May through October is by human intervention. A hose will get the job done, but a hose needs an operator. This is an issue during vacations and action-packed summer schedules. FOT sells ooze tubes, a 15 gallon drip irrigation system that delivers water to roots. Being practical and thrifty, the staff also endorses the bucket system. Creating two 1/16 holes in the bottom of an easy to fill five gallon bucket, allows the same deep soaking as an ooze tube.
FOT also offers a watering service for the trees we planted. For $175, (plus $65 for each additional tree), we’ll supply an ooze tube and fill it every two to three weeks in the summer for two years. If you planted a tree with FOT during this past planting season, you can still purchase the watering plan, by calling the office, 503-467-2529.
After planting over 600,000 trees and native plants in 26 years, we’ve learned the importance of caring for trees after the planting day; mulching, maintenance checks, pruning programs and especially summertime watering helps your tree during its establishment period. With summer here, we’d love to encourage you to keep your tree hydrated and happy.



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Portland, OR 97212

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