During the hot and dry summer months, residents are asked for their assistance in watering street trees regularly to help keep them healthy.
Juvenile trees (up to 4 or 6 years old) need adequate water during dry periods in order to survive and develop into health specimens. Lack of water results in underdeveloped trees and weakened trees become vulnerable to pests and diseases.
Tree Watering Tips
- Water trees during cooler times of the day so the trees will soak up more water.
- Give enough water to soak into the roots by watering the base of your tree at least twice per week for 15-minutes, or about 20 litres, each watering. Water slowly to give the water time to soak into the ground and reach the roots. If you rush, the water will flow away from the tree along the ground’s surface.
- Maintain a circle around the base of the tree (but not touching the tree trunk) with wood chips, grass clippings or compost to help keep the soil moist and reduce damage by mowers or weed whackers.
- Water even if it rains. The small amount of rain we get in the summertime is not enough for our boulevard trees; they still need our help (especially if they are young trees).
Please water even during sprinkling restrictions. Tree watering is exempt from sprinkling restrictions or bans, so keep watering your trees all summer long!
Tree watering bags
Green watering bags can be found on many New Westminster trees. If there is a bag on a tree already near your house please fill it up twice a week. Watering bags are also available for purchase at many local garden centres.