To determine your irrigation scheduling, you will first need to evaluate your soil's moisture-holding capacity.
Simple Steps to Irrigation Scheduling Using the "Look and Feel" Method
You will need to determine the rooting depth of the tree or plants to be irrigated, and the soil water-holding capacity of different soil horizons within the root zone of the plants to be irrigated.
Use these instructions for getting a soil sample to get started.
Once you have a sample to look at, use these sheets to help you determine the soil moisture content of your soils by comparing your sample to the photographs on the information sheets.
Sandy Clay Loam and Loam Soils
Responses of Sweet Cherry Water Use and Productivity and Soil Quality to Alternate Groundcover and Irrigation Systems
L.E. Long, X. Yin, X. Huang & N. Jaja (2014). ACTA Hort (1020); pp 331-338
Transitional Effects of Double-lateral Drip Irrigation and Straw Mulch on Irrigation Water Consumption, Mineral Nutrition, Yield, and Storability of Sweet Cherry
X. Yin, L.E. Long, X. Huang, N. Jaja, J. Bai, C.F. Seavert & J. le Roux (2012). HorTechnology, August vol. 22 (4). pp 484-492
Responses of Sweet Cherry Productivity and Soil Quality to Alternate Groundcover and Irrigation Systems (Poster)
X. Yin, X. Huang & L.E. Long