Generally you’ll be able to identify dehydrated trees rather easily. If the leaves are yellow and look unhealthy, that’s a key sign. When the tree itself looks droopy, along with sagging branches, it will need a greater amount of water and perhaps need more nutrients.
It’s also important to get a sense of the drainage of the soil around your tree. Digging a narrow hole down and feeling for the moisture content of the soil is one way to tell if your tree is getting enough water. Though many trees do get water from deep down in the soil, “most of the fine feeder roots that are responsible for the uptake of water are located in the top 12 to 18 inches of soil.”
The feeder roots are also not very close to the base of the tree, so make sure to check the entire radius around the tree where there might be roots – that means at least as far as the furthest extending branches of the tree.
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