How to Water Cedar Trees


There are many varieties of cedar trees available in the United States. All cedar trees have a shallow root system. It is imperative that the trees have adequate water to use soil nutrients and prevent tree death. Cedar trees are drought tolerant but thrive better with a regular watering schedule. Newly transplanted, young cedar trees require more watering than established or older trees.

Initial Watering for Cedar Transplants

Step 1

Fill the hole for the new cedar tree transplant entirely with water prior to placing the tree into the hole.

Step 2

Allow the water to be absorbed completely into the ground.

Step 3

Place the cedar transplant into the hole and fill it with soil. Place a garden hose at the base of the cedar transplant. Turn the garden hose on at a low-water-pressure level. Allow the hose to run for 3 to 5 minutes to soak the ground thoroughly.

Watering Established Cedar Trees

Step 1

Check the base of the cedar tree twice weekly. If the soil is dry or only very slightly damp several inches down the tree needs to be watered.

Step 2

Turn the garden hose on at a low-water-pressure level. Place at the base of the cedar tree. Allow it to run for 3 to 5 minutes.

Step 3

Watch the ground area for water absorption. Repeat watering with the garden hose for several more minutes once the ground beneath the cedar tree has absorbed the initial watering.

Tips and Warnings

  • Do not water cedar trees too frequently during cold months when the tree is dormant or during inclement winter weather.

Things You'll Need

  • Garden hose


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