Question by  raj (11)

What is the best way to care for Kentucky Oak trees that have been through two summers of drought?

I am concerned that my Kentucky Oaks will not survive another winter and summer of severe drought.


Answer by  BillEcoarborist (23)

The tree should be properly irrigated during periods of dry weather and mulch should be applied to as much of the root zone as possible in order to maintain soil mosture and moderate soil tempature.


Answer by  treemom (334)

Oak trees in general are well adapted to dry summers. If they are showing signs of moisture stress, you can water them, especially going into the fall. five gallons is good for a small tree. A good soaking, about the same as an inch of rain for a large tree.


Answer by  beck (1099)

If you can reach a hose to them then do that for water. No matter whether they are young or old you should probably prune them if not already done. Get all the dead branches out of them and also any of the very small, young growth. This will ensure the nutrients are going to the healthy/established parts.


Answer by  y3636363 (1380)

Well just add some fertilizer and compost into the soil and they should be good as new and don't water them.


Answer by  bean11 (2803)

To ensure that your Kentucky Oaks will survive another drought, start watering them twice more daily than you normally do. You can also wrap the roots in wet towels.


Answer by  Scarlet (100)

Kentucky Oaks will survive with a sufficient amount of water. Try watering them 3 times a day in the summer and twice a day in the winter to keep them hydrated.

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