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Help young street trees thrive this summer

July 2 2014

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Help the Vancouver Park Board, and water young street trees in front of your home and on your block — not only during this hot weather, but throughout the summer.

Park Board crews water newly planted trees for the first two years of their life, but welcome your help during and after that period.

How to care for our trees

Trees require even more water during hot spells. Extreme heat is especially damaging to newly planted trees, which are still establishing their root systems. Trees planted within the last five years — many with "water me" tags attached — would benefit most by watering at this time.

Please be vigilant for all stressed streets trees adjacent to and on your property — usually indicated by leaves turning brown or falling. The best practice is to apply at least 12 to 20 litres of water (five to 10 minutes with a slow running hose or a couple of watering cans full) two to three times per week over the roots. Regional water restrictions do not apply to trees and shrubs. However, you should be water-wise by ensuring that all of it gets to the tree.

Our urban forest is growing — 11,000 new trees were planted last year

Last year, the Park Board planted 11,000 new trees and is targeting to plant the same number this year. Vancouver is home to an urban forest comprised of approximately 140,000 street trees, 300,000 park trees, and an unknown number of trees on private property. The urban forest plays important environmental and social roles, such as cleaning the air, absorbing storm water, storing carbon, providing habitat, and improving health and well-being.

Tree management supports the City's new Urban Forest Strategy, which was conceived in 2011 as a priority item under the Greenest City Action Plan, with a specific target of planting 150,000 new trees by 2020.

Caring for Vancouver's urban forest

Trees on Streets Vancouver


The City maintains trees that line Vancouver’s streets and trees in parks. Request tree pruning, planting, removal, and pest control.

How we are developing tools for a growing urban forest

Urban forest strategy

Urban Forest Strategy

Vancouver's Urban Forest Strategy provides tools for growing and maintaining a healthy, resilient urban forest for future generations.

Learn more about our Greenest City Action Plan

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Greenest City Action Plan

Greenest City is a bold initiative that addresses Vancouver's environmental challenges.