The Corporation of The City of London
July 13, 2011
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Tree watering alert
now in effect
Due to over 10 days with little or no rain, and no significant amount of
rainfall in the forecast, the City has issued a tree watering alert. Londoners
are being asked to water new and mature trees on private property.
Drought is the major cause of tree stress and can lead to permanent damage,
especially in young trees. Lengthy periods without rain - typically a week or
more - can lead to the most common symptoms of stress appearing, including
browning and wilting of leaves. Sometimes the symptoms of drought stress are not
visible until the next year, when they appear in the form of insect attacks and
"Trees require water to maintain their regular biological functions: to build
new buds cells; ensure root growth and build up energy reserves to prepare them
for the winter and next spring's growth," says Rick Postma, Forestry Technician
for the City of London. "Trees weakened by lack of water make them less
resilient in the long term."
All trees, big and small, need at least 2.5 cm of water per week in order to
thrive. The cost to water a tree is less than a quarter per week.
When watering trees it is important to soak the soil slowly around the tree
continuing out to the outer branches to ensure all the roots get moisture. To
make optimal use of water, early morning or evening watering will reduce
Please remember the City of London
Water By-law W-3
is in effect until August 31. If your street address
ends with a 0, 2, 4, 6, and 8 you may use water outdoors on EVEN numbered
calendar days only. If your street address ends with a 1, 3, 5, 7, and 9 you may
use water outdoors on ODD numbered calendar days only.
Did you know?
Unlike grass, trees do not go dormant during times of drought – they continue to
try to grow. We need to water our trees before watering our lawns to avoid