Garden Corner from James Rawson, Property Management Source, Inc.
If you noticed your plants around your large trees are looking more parched, it is because your mature tree is soaking up all the water.
Some mature trees can absorb between 50 and 300 gallons of water per day. Depending on the type of tree, their roots can spread at least as far out as the tree is tall and between 6” and 18” deep. You can anticipate up to 50% root spread for every 10 years of the tree’s life. Please consider your mature trees, when planning irrigation and plantings. Your plants under or near tree roots will need extra water during dry spells like we are experiencing.