Love shade? Grab the hose

Written by Diana Nelson Jones on .


We’re all hot. And the muggy swelter is supposed to last for days. gatorbag

You can hydrate and survive, but trees need your help. If you want the future shade of that little street tree in front of your house, put the hose on it at a slow trickle for an hour or two today or this evening. Or tomorrow morning. But get to it, because imagine how thirsty it is.

It hasn’t rained but two or three times all month in the city and not for very long spates.

Tree Pittsburgh, from whose e-mail blast I lifted this photo, advises that young trees need 30 to 40 gallons per week, the equivalent of about an inch of rainfall.

If you don’t have a hose, maybe you have a big bucket with holes in the bottom or a gator bag like the one in the photo. Tree Pittsburgh has some of those for sale, as do garden centers.

Don't think about your water bill. The increase will be a drop in the bucket compared to the savings and value you will get from a tree that thrives to maturity.

Love your tree and you will reap its huge rewards.

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