Street Trees Need You:

Caring for Newly Planted Trees During Drought and Water Restrictions

Despite recent rains, the region still is under drought conditions. Parks & People Foundation offers city residents these alternative methods for watering newly planted street and park trees, which must have a minimum of 20 gallons of water each week for the first three years. Under current water restrictions, you may not leave your sprinkler running, but you can still water newly planted trees by hand using buckets of water or your hose.

The Foundation suggests organizing a tree steward team to care for the trees in neighborhood parks and along the street. “Trees clean our air, filter rainwater, and provide shade in the summer and windbreaks in the winter. You can’t have healthy neighborhoods without healthy trees,” the Foundation reminds us.

For more information, see or call Amanda Cunningham, Parks & People Foundation Community Forestry Manager, at 410-448-5663 ext. 103.

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This story was published on September 4, 2002.