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How to Water a Tree for Guaranteed Survival

 While on Face Book this week I had a friend pop in
and ask me if I would like some
“White Lilac Bushes”
Well of course my answer was, YES and when do 
you want me to come dig them.
I must say I made quite a haul.  He gave 
me 3 Lilac Bushes, 2 Walnut Trees, and a Trumpet Vine.
So home I went to get planting….and decided
to show you the method I have used for years to guarantee 
my shrubs and trees survive.
Water is the key……and my bucket method 
works every time.
Find yourself a clean, chemical free 5 gallon bucket or if you’re not
sure what was in it give it a good cleaning before using.
Grab a Hammer and Nail and pound the nail into the bucket 1.5″ from the bottom.  Leave the nail sticking out enough so you can pull it out again.
Leave the nail IN the bucket and fill with fresh water.
Carry the bucket over to the tree and PULL the nail out.
I always drop the nail in the bottom of the bucket so I can 
locate it when I need it again.
Direct the water flow towards the trunk of the tree and 
let the small stream of water do its job.
I fill my buckets morning and night for 2 WEEKS, and
 have never lost a tree.After two weeks I leave the trees to
survive on their own.

It is very important for a new tree to get plenty of water while
it’s getting a good root system, and this method works
for me every time.
I also like to cage my new trees in for the first season, the
mowers in my family like to cut down anything in their
(I lost all my blueberry bushes last year due to an over eager mower)
Go give it a try. 
 It’s the simplest way to 
assure all your hard work of planting isn’t going to waste.



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  1. Dawn,

    This is a very creative idea…love it. I know how you feel about people trying to mow over your new landscaping….I throw myself in front of everything when someone besides me mows. It’s great excercise…lol.

  2. Hi Dawn,
    This is a great advice for planting new trees or bushes. I never knew this. Thanks for sharing.

  3. This is fabulous! After three years of searching, I finally found an ivory silk lilac tree which is planted WAAAAY back on our property. I, too, am hauling a five gallon bucket of water daily, but I like your slow drip method instead of just dumping. I will be doing this for sure! Thank you for the great tip!

  4. thanks. Make me think of my Dad and how he would have loved this tip. will use it next time.

  5. Nice! So easy too! Thanks for sharing this! I am going to give it a try.

  6. I am just a novice gardener so I have to ask if this method is food for new flowers also.

  7. Perfect timing on this post! I just got some camellia bushes and crepe myrtles from my mom! I’ve been so afraid they won’t make it. I’m gonna try this! thanks!

  8. Anonymous says:

    that’s a lot of water

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