Water trees in your yard and boulevard to help them through hot temperatures

Monday, July 16, 2012 – for immediate release

Water trees in your yard and boulevard to help them through hot temperatures

The Town of Oakville is asking residents to water the trees on their property as well as adjacent town trees to help keep Oakville’s urban forest healthy throughout the summer months.

Unlike grass, which goes dormant during droughts, trees continue to grow and need to be watered regularly to stay healthy. Even one week without rain or watering can result in a tree showing signs of drought stress including wilted, curling or yellowing leaves. A prolonged period of drought can cause trees to suddenly drop branches.

“Trees that are stressed by a lack of water are more susceptible to disease and insect attacks, and they can also become structurally weaker, which can lead to limb dropping and potential property damage,” said John McNeil, manager of Forestry Services at the Town of Oakville. “The best thing homeowners can do to help their trees withstand stress is to water them frequently and take care not to disturb their root systems.”

Tree size influences the volume of water required – the bigger the tree, the more water it needs. Water should be applied slowly with a soaker hose or sprinkler. To reach the tree’s roots, apply water on all sides of the tree outwards from the tree’s drip line (the area of ground beneath the outer-most branches).

Before watering your trees, lawn or garden, check the current water restriction level on the Halton Region website.

Learn more about caring for your trees or join the Oakville Canopy Club by liking us on Facebook and following @OakCanopyClub on Twitter.

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For more information:

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


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