Help Your Trees Weather the Weather
Trees require surprisingly little water during and after establishment, and provide many benefits.
- Trees provide shade, save energy, increase property values, improve air quality, reduce stormwater runoff, mitigate climate change, create wildlife habitat, and make our city more walkable and livable.
- Watering a tree costs about $10 a year, for all these benefits!
Urban trees have been dying due to the extended drought.
- Warm summer months stress trees along streets, in yards, parks, and forests.
- California’s extended drought stressed trees even further – and their recovery is ongoing.
- Some property owners stopped watering their lawns, slowly killing the trees.
- Some businesses and government agencies turned off irrigation systems, so they got credit for “gallons saved” but killed trees in public places.
Watering trees is a Good Thing!
- Trees need deep watering. Irrigating only 5 minutes twice a week does not reach the tree roots.
- Trees are expensive to replant, water, and maintain, and they take many years to mature.
- Removing a dead tree requires professional help, which can cost $1000 or more.
- Trees shade other landscaping and reduce their water needs.
- Even the strictest drought restrictions allow for watering trees on residential and commercial properties, and landscape vegetation in parks, schools, and other public places.
I want to Plant a Tree!
Check out the following sites to find water wise trees for our area