Seriously, Start Watering Your Street Trees

The time is here! Start watering those street trees! GM warned you back in March that this was coming, hopefully you’re ready.

It might feel like it’s rained a lot. And it has. But it’s already going to be in the mid 90’s(!) this weekend. So you need to make sure every week that young trees have actually received at least 25 gallons of water a week. These heavy but brief rain showers we’re getting don’t actually drop that much water on us. So it’s good to supplement it with water from a hose.

If it’s a new tree, hopefully it has an ooze tube, those large bags around the base of the tree that can be filled from a hole on the top. Fill them up once a week and you’re all set. If you don’t have one, you can just leave a hose dribbling out water for about 20-30 minutes, and that will suffice.

It is rewarding to see trees that were once meek become giants. GM has lived on his current block for 10 years and already seen several trees make that transition. He’s also seen several older trees cut down. It’s the inevitable end, but an end that can be softened by the presence of young and thriving trees. And keeping on top of watering them will ensure their future for many more years.

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  1. Thomas Neale

    Please focus on newly-planted street trees. If they have a “gaiter” around their trunk, keep it filled with water. Youngish street trees can also be trickle watered.

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