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July 6, 2017 10:00 AM

Is the Street Tree in Front of Your House or Business Looking Stressed?

An Important Request to Residents and Businesses in Maple Ridge.

During these stretches of hot weather we are asking for the public’s assistance in ensuring the survival of the young street trees in our areas. Wilting, browning and thinning foliage are all signs of water stress. It is critical that they receive 15 gallons of water twice a week. We ask for your assistance in watering the trees in the boulevard bordering your home or business. Methods that work quite well:

• A very slow trickle from a garden hose for 4 hours before 9:00 am or after 7:00 pm.
• Deep root watering attachments available from most nurseries.
• A 5 gallon pail with holes drilled in the bottom set under the tree to water slowly.
• A ring of mulch around the tree to keep the water in.

Parks & Facilities have a limited supply of tree watering bags available for a $10 refundable deposit to assist with the watering of City boulevard trees. Tree bags are available at the Maple Ridge Leisure Centre with a maximum of four (4) bags per household. Please note that proof of address is required for purchase and issuing refunds. For more information please call Parks & Facilities at 604-467-7346.

The City of Maple Ridge gardeners take care of any pruning required so please do not prune these trees or raise the grade on the trunk of the tree. Burying the trunk of the tree or building soil or mulch up on the trunk of the tree will kill the tree.

Please be sure to pass this information on to your family, friends, neighbours and co-workers! Thank you for your support. Together we can keep Maple Ridge green!

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