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Help water young street trees during the heat wave

July 19 2013

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The Park Board encourages you to water 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 help from the public during that period and after. 

Caring for the health of our trees

Watering trees is very important to their growth and health. They require even more water during hot spells like the current one. Extreme hot weather 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.

You are asked to be vigilant for young stressed streets trees adjacent to 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, be water-wise by ensuring that all of it gets to the tree.

We have planted over 15,000 trees in the past five years

In the past five years, the Park Board has planted more than 15,000 trees on city streets. It is estimated that Vancouver’s 140,000 street trees are valued at more than $500 million.

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