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Watering Almond Trees

Young almond trees are sensitive to drought and need watering during the dry season for the first year or two. Older trees are more resistant and may not need supplementary watering. Until the first two years has passed, follow these guidelines to get your new almond trees off to a great start.

NOTE: This is part 9 in a series of 10 articles. For a complete background on how to grow almond trees, we recommend starting from the beginning.

General Guidelines

  • If summer brings about an inch of rainfall every 10 days or so, you won’t need to use the hose.
  • If it gets really dry, you can give your new tree a good, thorough soaking. The best way to do this is to let your garden hose trickle slowly. This gives the water a chance to soak in instead of running off. You can also use a soaker hose to water several trees at once.
  • It’s important to note that even if you’re in the midst of a brown-lawn drought, you don’t want to water too much. Once every 10 days or two weeks is plenty. Worse than dry, thirsty roots is waterlogged, drowning roots.
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