Soil moisture and health

Asked January 13, 2020, 4:56 PM EST

Hello!
I get a lot people coming into our office asking how they can gauge how dry the soil is at their trees. These folks are generally new to the area and unfamiliar with our dry soils. Any advice for our neighbors getting a good feel for the health and moisture content of their soil? is there a meter that is a good baseline for folks to learn what's what?

Douglas County Colorado

1 Response

The following CSU fact sheets would be well worth sharing with consumers who are assessing irrigation needs for lawns and trees. Fact sheet 4.708 will help consumers determine when to schedule irrigation. https://extension.colostate.edu/topic-areas/agriculture/irrigation-scheduling-4-708/ This article discusses how to determine the quantity of irrigation needed. Fact sheet 7.240 https://extension.colostate.edu/topic-areas/yard-garden/watering-a-home-landscape-during-drought-7-240-2/ Lastly, the University of Nebraska has these informational tree and shrub watering tips: https://water.unl.edu/landscapewater/tree-watering