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Hello park neighbors -- if you've a tree on your property -- a new sapling or a shady giant -- it is in need of your help with water.  We're experienceing another summer of drought.

Why not give your neighbor a nudge too -- we all share the shade of those wonderful street trees.  Just a thought.

 

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Wondering just how much water they need?  We've posted it on  this page

If you've a tree on your property -- a new sapling or a shady giant -- it is in need of your help with water.  We're experienceing another summer of drought.

Why not give your neighbor a nudge too -- we all share the shade of those wonderful street trees.  Just a thought.

As noted in an article in the Toronto Star on Wednesday, "While June had a normal amount of total precipitation, nearly half of it fell on the first day, according to Environment Canada climatologist Geoff Coulson. In May, the weather station at Pearson International Airport reported rainfall of 44.4 mm compared with the average 72.4 mm, he said."

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How much water does your tree need?

According to the Colorado State University (a great, concise one-page resource on tree care BTW) a general rule of thumb is to use approximately 10 gallons of water per inch of trunk diameter for each watering.  Measure trunk diameter at knee height. General formula: Tree Diameter x 5 minutes = Total Watering Time.

Example: When you hand water using a hose at medium pressure, it will take approximately 5 minutes to produce 10 gallons of water. If you have a 4” diameter tree, it should receive 40 gallons of water - multiply by 5 minutes to equal total watering time of 20 minutes.  In times of drought large trees (16”+ diameter) should be watered 3 times per month, April through September.

In our Adopt A Tree program, and according to LEAF (Local Enhancement and Appreciation of Forests), we use the rule of thumb that newly planted sapling trees need a minimum of 5 gallons of water (1" of rain) per week for its first four years while it establishes a root system.

And if you're having a "why bother" moment, there's a great reminder list of all the wonderful things that tree provides us with at Trees Ontario.  Not included on that list though is the increase in property value a mature tree brings!

Spread the word -- our trees need watering!

Because it takes 100 years to replace that 100-year-old Silver Maple on the front lawn.

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Not sure what sadness prompts someone to peel the bark of a young tree but while it might soothe their soul it's fatal to the tree.

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This young white oak's vital phloem layer, which is just below the thin outer layer of bark and transports nutrients and the products of photosynthesis down to the roots, has been completely girdled, destroying the trees ability to function.

You might remember this happened to a young Accolade elm last summer (around the same time, come to think of it).  Here's a snap of the elm now.  Dead as a doornail.

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Life in a public space.  Sigh.

But then look at the six+ saplings in the far background.  They represent the other side of life in a public space for a tree: thanks to those dedicated volunteers watering them.  Sigh!

Seven of the Sakura Cherry trees were adopted out at this Sunday's Park Day and two more have signed up since then.  This leaves only three more trees needing adopters -- excellent news.

The three remaing trees are Sakura Cherries in the south end of the park -- if you're interested please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., Adopt A Tree Coordinator.

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It was a beautiful day -- and thanks to my charming fellow tree adopters Carole and Chantale for helping out at the AAT table.

One of the park's oldest trees, and the only Shagbark Hickory, was taken down last week.  It'd been sporting the orange dot of death since last summer so we knew it was coming.  Still.

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Unfortunately, the sapling Shagbark (and the Bitternut Hickory behind it) planted early last summer is a goner as well.  They are apparently very hard to transplant due to their deep tap-roots.  The good news is that Urban Forestry says the park will get a replacement Shagbark, likely next spring.  It will be smaller and younger and its tap-root therefore smaller which should increase the odds of its survival.

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