What is wrong with my tree?
This tree was spaded in last week of March. I've been watering it with a soaker hose once a week for about one hour. This am it looked so droopy and I notice the bark is falling off. I didn't notice anything wrong with it before today.
Help!! I watered this am and this evening with the soaker for one hour each time. What else can I do?
Thanks for your assistance.
El Paso County Colorado trees and shrubs
Thank you for your question. I think this is a Ponderosa Pine. I suspect there may be several issues -
1. Not enough water. A general rule - 10 gallons of water for each trunk diameter inch.
2. Planted too deeply. Insufficient moisture and air available to roots. Based on picture I do not see an flare at the base of the trunk. Info about why root flare is important.
Thank you Kitty for your response. I've been watering with the soaker hose 3 x day for one hour. The tree doesn't look any better, nor any worse. Would you suggest continuing with the soaker hose or just put the water on with a hose? We were told this was a pole pine and not a ponderosa. Does that make a difference? I'm considering having an arborist come. This tree was spaded in by our home builder when the ground was frozen. Are spaded trees also suppose to raised up?