By Karen Brock
Tuesday, August 9, 2016 8:19 am ·  1 Comment
With the hot summer weather, our local trees are struggling. As LEAF explains, the small amount of rain we do get runs off paved surfaces and into storm sewers, barely reaching the trees that desperately need it. This drought stress leaves trees vulnerable to pests and disease. You can help protect Oakville’s tree canopy by checking soils and ensuring trees on your property are watered.
The Town is responsible for watering Town trees on public streets, but the extreme heat conditions have stretched resources. Local BIAs and residents’ groups and individuals could step in to help, volunteering to water Town trees.
If you can, pitch in by watering Town trees near your home or local park.
Newly planted trees should be watered two or three times per week. For the first two years after planting, trees should be watered approximately twice a week. Place a hose (without nozzle) at the base of your tree on a very slow trickle for approximately 15 minutes (or give 3 to 4 buckets). In the third year, once your tree has established a deeper and wider root system, change the watering frequency to one hour, once per week (to give your tree periodic, deeper soakings). The best way to do this is to place a soaker hose (which slowly oozes water from the length of the hose) on the ground in a spiral out to the edge of the tree’s canopy.