Help Keep Our Trees Alive
Posted Date: 6/20/2012
Due to the severe heat and drought many of our trees, both public and private, are in serious need of water. We are asking for your help in keeping these trees watered during this dry period.
Water needs to penetrate the soil about 10 to 12 inches to be effective. A good rule of thumb is to water with medium volume at the hose for about 5 minutes per inch of tree diameter. For example: a 4 inch tree would need 4 inches x 5 minutes = 20 minutes of water. This should be done every week to 10 days until Mother Nature gives us that amount of regular rain. The hose should be placed near the base of the tree and moved around the dripline several times for trees larger than 8 inches.
Please abide by the Village's Watering Restrictions.
Mulching will also help conserve moisture. Placing 3 to 4 inches of mulch out to the edge of the dripline prevents weed growth, makes it easier to mow, and miantains moisture levels and lower soil temperatures. Be sure to keep the mulch 3 to 4 inches from the trunk of the tree. It should look like a donut, not a mound or volcano.
Please contact the Public Works Operations Forestry Division if you have any questions regarding this information at 630-271-4180.
Thank you in advance for your assistance.