watering transplanted Red Maple and Va. Pine tree sapplings

Asked September 22, 2016, 8:04 AM EDT

With newly constructed house. just had 4 red maples, 2 1/2 caliper, and 3 VA. Pine 8 foot tall planted. They were mulched properly with no mulch touching the base. How much should they be watered per week, and how often? Every other day? Thank you.

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http://extension.umd.edu/sites/default/files/_images/programs/hgic/Publications/HG85_Watering_Tips_f... The frequency of watering is not as important as how deeply the plant is watered when it is watered and whether the water is actually soaking into the area where the roots are. It is better to water very deeply when you do water once a week than to water shallowly every other day. A general guideline is to provide a gallon of water for every square foot of root zone weekly or 3-5 gallons per inch of caliper once a week. A soaker hose is commonly used. Once a week is enough if you water enough at that time. Sometimes people water twice a week because they might not be watering enough when they do water. vw