With ongoing dry weather and this week’s very high temperatures, the ACT Government is seeking help from residents to look after Canberra’s trees.
Territory and Municipal Services (TAMS), who manage Canberra’s trees, have a current tree watering program focussed on watering approximately 21,000 young trees located on nature strips and in parks. These trees are watered once a month but would benefit from an extra drink where possible.
“While we are doing our best to ensure Canberra’s trees remain healthy; any help from the community in terms of watering is always appreciated and very beneficial, especially during the hot and dry conditions forecast over the next few days,” said Luke Bulkeley, Acting Manager, Urban Treescapes.
“A little help from the community will make a significant difference when keeping trees alive during this hot, dry period. The effect of this week’s conditions is cumulative as the soil is already very dry from the weather conditions in the last few months.
“An eight litre bucket of water once a week could provide enough supplementary water for young trees during dry periods. A larger tree of over five metres may require several buckets once a week, during the cool of the morning or evening. The water should be applied slowly under the tree close to the trunk.”