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How to Water Cedar Trees

By Lishah Smith ; Updated September 21, 2017
Cedar trees have shallow root systems.
Red Cedar at Picton castle April 2008 image by David Stirrup from Fotolia.com

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

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

Allow the water to be absorbed completely into the ground.

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

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.

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.

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.


Things You Will Need

  • Garden hose


  • Water cedar trees more frequently during warmer months or low-levels of rainfall.
  • Apply 2 to 3 inches of coarse organic mulch at the base of cedar trees to protect shallow roots and hold in moisture.


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