Watering trees is good for them. Shock ACT Government breakthrough!

johnboy 12 April 2013

TAMS have the gobsmacking news that maintenance pays off in the medium term!

Despite one of the warmest and windiest summers on record, including Canberra’s hottest ever January, about one percent (216) of the 21,500 young trees in our streets and parklands have been lost as a result of environmental stress in the last five months, Michael Brice, Manager, Urban Treescapes, announced today.

“Canberra had an average maximum temperature of just over 29 degrees during summer, which is two degrees above the historical average. We also only experienced three days with more than 10 millimetres of rain, which placed significant pressure on us to get our watering programs right,” Mr Brice said.

“We planned the program across 98 suburbs using GPS and spatial technology so we knew the exact location of each tree and we utilised extensive reporting to best plan what trees were watered when. This approach resulted in a significant improvement in productivity that likely contributed to the overall success of this year’s tree watering program. We are planning to refine the use of GPS and spatial technology in next year’s program to further enhance productivity.

All joshing aside it’s nice to see them getting something right. Well done to all involved.

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