How much should I water my trees?

The variability of summer weather here in Vermont means you have to be prepared to modify your watering strategy based on the conditions, to ensure that your trees stay in good condition. Older trees will typically be fine with standard watering practices, however, new trees and shrubs are prone to drying out, so soaking them at least eight to ten inches deep each time you water them is a good idea. You can test this by using a metal stake. If the stake slides down into the soil without resistance, that’s enough water; if there is resistance, add more water.