With Redding, CA setting its hottest May temperature on record with 109 degrees on May 31 and most of the West and Midwest currently battling a heat wave, Shasta County residents aren’t the only ones who are looking for a little refreshment on those hot days. Your plants and trees need a good drink too. So when the temps rise and the day promises to be another scorcher, you may be wondering when is the best time—the right time—to water your plants and trees.  

Morning is the best time to water plants and trees on hot days

Your trees and plants thrive when they get watered first thing in the morning—it provides the water they will need to survive the intense heat of the day. Water can seep down into the roots while it is still relatively cool out. Once the sun emerges in its full glory, water can quickly evaporate in the heat. And don’t be stingy—your trees are really thirsty in the summer! So follow the deep watering method—making sure the water gets to the roots rather than just the surface of the ground. Aim for 8 to 12 inches into the ground. 

Avoid watering at night

Watering at night increases the risk of fungal diseases; the leaves stay wet longer because the sun can’t dry them off. And when leaves are damp for an extended period of time, they become vulnerable to fungal diseases developing. The combination of warmer temps and lots of rain in the spring is why many plants and trees fall victim to common tree diseases caused by fungi.    

Get a health and risk assessment from a professional tree service

A-1 Tree Service & Stump Removal certifies our arborists through the ISA (International Society of Arboriculture), which means our crew can provide you expert advice on tree management and care. We are happy to offer you a free health and risk assessment with an estimate and outline a plan to keep your property safe and flourishing for years to come. 

So grab a cup of coffee and the hose and spend a few minutes each morning watering your shrubs and trees. It’s the perfect way to start your day!  

We proudly serve Shasta County residents and have built a solid reputation as knowledgeable experts. We are ready to assist you with any professional tree service and landscaping tasks. Our team has the expertise, experience, and equipment to get the job done safely. Call us today!