As we all have cut back on watering our yards, and some have stopped all together, we must remember the impact the drought has on our trees. Trees become dependent on being watered regularly. When watering of trees is completely halted, trees may stress or die.
Trees provide a number of benefits, such as:
· Air and water quality
· Shading landscaped areas, which reduces the need for water
· Cools your home
· Slows storm water runoff and helps groundwater recharge
· Reduces soil erosion
· Adds value to your home, neighborhood, and community
If we do not take care of our trees during this drought, we risk losing them and all the benefits that come along with having them. Not to mention, trees take a long time to grow!
Here are a few things you can do to help save your trees during the drought:
· Mature Trees – Water 1-2 times per month deeply and slowly using a soaker hose or drip system toward the edge of the tree canopy (do not water at the base of the tree)
· Young Trees – Water 2 times per week, create a small watering basin with a berm of dirt
· Do not over prune your tree during the drought
· Add 4-6 inches of mulch around your tree to help retain moisture
For questions or additional information, please contact Municipal Services at 209-668-5590. Brought to you by the City of Turlock Municipal Services Department.
WATER CONSERVATION TIP #62
When should I water my trees? Water your trees early in the morning or after sunset. This prevents water from evaporating as quickly. Be sure to water the soil around the tree, not the leaves, branches or trunk.