Late Summer, Sunnyside hosted a tree planted event. With many trees being planted, it was a great time to celebrate. Many trees were planted which is not only good for the environment, it’s great for our neighborhood.
Fast forward a few dry months. It’s a great time to remember that young trees need to be continually watered for the first few years.
Friend of the Urban Forest (FUF) states: Watering your tree is essential to its health and survival for the first few years after it’s been planted. Watering slowly and deeply is better for your tree’s over-all health then fast and frequent waterings.
Tree watering bags make it very easy. The bucket method is another great way: The bucket your tree came in holds about 5 gallons of water. You can use it to water your tree. Line it with a trash bag and fill it with water. Poke a small hole in the bottom of the bag at one of the bucket drain holes. Let the water drain out slowly near the trunk, but not on it. Fill it three times once a week every week, even when it’s raining (San Francisco’s average annual rainfall is only about 20 inches, and 1” of rain = about 5 gallons of water per tree).