Monday, October 22, 2012

Give back to your trees

Posted By on Mon, Oct 22, 2012 at 5:36 PM

Trees need our help to survive in this dry, dry place.

There is likely some event this year that has made you appreciate our trees.

It could be something dramatic — seeing acres of beetle-kill pines in the high country, or watching the Waldo Canyon Fire eating up our own backyard. Or it could be something ordinary, like seeing all the leaves fall in our urban forest, ushering in the brown months of winter.

Trees bring such serenity and beauty to our landscape. And they ask so little in return. But our urban trees need water, especially after years of drought. Read on to learn how to give your own urban forest the special attention it needs:

Winter Tree Watering Recommendations

City Forestry and the Palmer Tree Coalition would like to remind residents to water their trees. After several years of drought, trees in Colorado Springs could use a little extra TLC. Watering trees in fall and winter allows them to emerge healthier in the spring. Drought-stressed trees are vulnerable to disease, insect infestations, branch dieback, or even total loss.

Watering recommendations:
· Water to a depth of 12” below the soil surface.
· Water slowly to saturate soil within the ‘drip-line’ of the tree canopy. Move the hose around for large trees.
· Give the same amount of water year round - 10 gallons per inch of tree diameter 1-2 times per month. An easy rule of thumb is to measure the tree trunk diameter at knee height and water for 5 minutes per inch.
· For more information:

A healthy urban forest cools our streets and homes, reduces noise, provides aesthetic value and wildlife habitat, absorbs carbon dioxide and pollutants, and reduces storm run-off. Help keep our urban forest healthy and water your trees.

The Palmer Tree Coalition is a Friends Group supporting the work of Colorado Springs City Forestry. For more information on the Palmer Tree Coalition and its spring tree planting programs, email or call 520-7679.

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