Sarnia’s parks and recreation department is asking residents to water trees on their property to help ensure the survival of the local canopy.
The lack of July rain has left Sarnia in drought conditions, especially in the north end of the City which has sandy soil, according to a City news release.
Staff are particularly concerned about trees located on the boulevard– the municipal portion of land between residents’ property and the road– many of which are at risk dying.
The City said the best way to water trees is to let water trickle at a slow rate for a long period of time– approximately half an hour by hose. This allows the water to penetrate deeper into the roots and avoids water runoff on the dry surface.
“Young, smaller trees– approximately three years and younger– are highly susceptible to drought because of their shallow, undeveloped root systems,” said Chuck Toth, Sarnia’s supervisor of horticulture and arboriculture.