Drought conditions put trees at risk — residents asked to water trees

Friday, July 22, 2011 – for immediate release

Drought conditions put trees at risk — residents asked to water trees

The Town of Oakville is asking residents to water the trees on their property, as well as the adjacent town trees, not only during this heat wave, but throughout the summer.

Unlike grass, which goes dormant during droughts, trees continue to grow. Trees need to be watered regularly to keep them healthy and strong. Even one week without any rain or watering can result in your tree showing signs of drought stress including leaves wilting, yellowing or curling at the edge, or after a prolonged period, sudden limb drop.

“A lack of water makes trees structurally weaker which can lead to property damage,” said John McNeil, manager of Forestry Services at the Town of Oakville. “Sometimes, the full effects won’t show up until the following year. When that happens, trees are more susceptible to disease and insect attacks. And in light of the infestation of the Emerald Ash Borer in Ontario, that’s the last thing you want to happen to your tree. Prevention and proper treatment are essential for healthy trees.”

Tree size influences the volume of water required. When watering your tree remember to apply water slowly so it soaks the soil. Water should be applied at the tree’s drip line under the canopy moving outwards to ensure moisture reaches the roots.

When watering your trees, lawn or garden please keep in mind the Halton water restriction levels, which is currently at level one.

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Media contact:

John McNeil
Manager, Forestry Services
Town of Oakville
905-845-6601, ext. 3395
jmcneil@oakville.ca

Gisèle Shaw
Manager, Corporate Communications
Town of Oakville
905-845-6601, ext. 3166
gshaw@oakville.ca


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Drought conditions put trees at risk — residents asked to water trees