Trees create a rain shadow under their canopy and it is this area that greatly benefits from the use of SUPADIVERTA and Gravity Fed or regular drip hoses.
Trees main water absorbing roots are concentrated in the top 300 mm of soil. Regular long slow soakings are highly recommended to avoid water stress.
In the domestic situation, most trees are surrounded by grass which absorbs most of the rainfall. Ideally, thick (75-100mm) organic mulch should be used under trees but kept away from the trunk.
Trees contain around 80% water and 50% of the remainder is carbon.
Fruit trees gain huge benefit from long, deep soakings.
Signs of water stress include browning leaves and cracks appearing in bark.
Stressed trees produce large amounts of sugar which in turn attracts various pests that cause further stress.
When trees are stressed, their defences against insect attack, disease and storms are weakened.
Water stressed trees can produce carbon dioxide.
Water stressed trees can cause serious house cracking problems.
Take time to learn about your trees individual requirements. Lemon trees for example have a shallow root system and require more regular watering than other species. They also need fertiliser high in nitrogen; Blood & Bone is excellent.
High temperatures and low rainfall can make soil hydrophobic. Immediately before the next rainfall after a long dry period, treat soil with a soil wetting agent.
Suitable trees can add considerable value and benefit to a property and deserve our care and respect!