Should I be watering my redwood trees?

drinkmorewaterJune 12, 2014

Hello all, sorry if this is a totally uninformed question.

We have 3 very large and some smaller redwood trees in our backyard in the SF Peninsula (up in the hills). I read in last month's sunset magazine that I should be watering the redwood trees since the drought is so severe it might actually kill them. These trees are gorgeous and unfortunately situated too close to the house so I really don't want them to die. The redwoods are one and a half times the height of our two story home, and I would guess about 30-35 years old. Should I be watering established trees? Is there a way to tell if the trees are getting enough water to be healthy?

Keeping fingers crossed for an el nino year!

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calistoga_al ca 15 usda 9

In forty years with redwoods in two locations I have never found them to need added water. Growing in nature redwoods are normally found along creeks or in valleys where water is more plentiful. When redwoods are planted they may not be where nature would grow them, but when they are as mature as yours are, they have spread the roots to adapt and you should have no trouble with a dry year. It is normal for a redwood to have roots extending 100 feet or more from the tree. Al

    Bookmark   June 12, 2014 at 9:25AM
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JoeWeil

My Moms neighbor didn't water his redwood and now he has a dead tree.

    Bookmark   June 12, 2014 at 6:19PM
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napapen(ca 15)

I don't water mine and I have several huge trees. It is normal during the summer for the foliage inside the tree to turn yellow and fall off. You want to watch the tips and as long as they are green, the tree is ok. They run roots that are out as far as the tree is tall! Mine are around 60 ft tall.

new small trees do need water until they become well established. Penny

    Bookmark   June 14, 2014 at 1:22PM
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lilydude

Plantsgalore, the main problem may be that they are too close to the house. And they are going to get really really huge, in a hurry. And the bigger they get, the more expensive it will be to have them removed. If there is a big windstorm or fire in your area, you may wish you hadn't left them there.

    Bookmark   June 14, 2014 at 6:54PM
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stanofh

If you want them to look their best..water. If you can put up with them growing much slower,less lush foliage,and more needle-scales drop,there is no doubt they will survive in your area. And we had late spring rains to help.

The best garden Redwoods are in lawns and get fertilized also all summer.

    Bookmark   June 21, 2014 at 7:29PM
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