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I planted a spanish fir in my yard just two weeks ago. It appears to be dying. How often should I be watering it? And how much water should I be giving it each time that I water?

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When temperatures are high, water is transpired through the plant and the root system is not adequate to supply enough water, better to plant in fall or spring when temperatures are cooler. Water thoroughly at planting time and for a year or two after transplanting until a good root system is established. Water not only should be applied to the planting area, but also to the soil surrounding the hole so roots can grow out. Remember, it is possible to over water a tree, especially in poorly drained soils.  Water is not measured in time but in quantity and that depends on your soil texture.  Sandy soils the water percolates through quickly while clay soils stay wet longer.  So taken many things into consideration for  newly planted tree.  Basically, every day with the high temperatures should provide enough water, without saturating the soil so that air is still present in the soil.

Posted on 26 Aug 2008

Maggie Shao
Horticulture Agent, Salt Lake County

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