You spent good money on trees for your yard. But we’re in the middle of a drought (again) and that means you could lose your investment as well as the tree if you don’t take good care of it this winter. Here are some tips from the City Forestry and the Palmer Tree Coalition. Watering trees in fall and winter allows them to emerge healthier in the spring. Drought-stressed trees are vulnerable to disease, insect infestations, branch dieback, or even total loss. Watering recommendations include: Water to a depth of 12” below the soil surface. Water slowly to saturate soil within the ‘drip-line’ of the tree canopy. Move the hose around for large trees. Give the same amount of water year round – 10 gallons per inch of tree diameter 1-2 times per month. An easy rule of thumb is to measure the tree trunk diameter at knee height and water for 5 minutes per inch. For more information, CLICK HERE.