Newly planted Bradford pears require 1 to 1 1/2 inches of water a week, including rain. Provide 1 to 2 gallons once a week in spring, three times a week in hot summer months and twice a week in fall. Established Bradford pears can tolerate short periods of drought, but may need additional water in the summer, equal to 3 gallons per square foot of root. The root zone is generally 1 1/2 times the area of the tree’s crown.

To keep the water where it belongs, create a shallow watering trough around the tree with mulch. Mulch 2 inches deep, starting 4 inches away from the base of the tree, piling 2 to 4 inches of additional mulch straight under the ends of the outer branches, to create a ring at the tree’s drip line. Water slowly and let water soak in before adding more. #waterwednesday #irrigationatlanta

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