Williamsburg Community Association

Help the new trees!

Media Release



July 12, 2016


City appeals to residents to help newly planted trees thrive

Drought conditions put strain on newly planted trees

KITCHENER – It’s not just farmers worried about the impact of the current drought conditions in Southwestern Ontario. City officials are appealing to residents newly planted trees across the city thrive by watering one newly planted tree in their neighbourhoods. Recently planted trees require regular watering even under normal conditions, because they lose 90-95 per cent of their root system at the time of planting.  Regular tree watering ensures ensure trees survive and are healthy.

Trees recently planted by the City of Kitchener are identified by the green watering bags around their trunks. During normal weather conditions, these bags need to be filled once a week. In dry or drought conditions, the bag needs to be filled twice a week.

More than 2,000 trees in Kitchener require supplementary watering this year. In neighbourhoods where trees have recently been planted, the city is asking residents to water newly planted trees near their property. With residents’ help, regular watering will:

1.            Help the recently planted tree re-establish its root system;

2.            Increase the survival rate of recently planted trees.

“We’re asking who are willing to water a recently planted tree near their home to contact us by calling 519-741-2345. Once a resident signs up, a blue ribbon will be tied to the stake of their new tree to indicate their commitment to regularly water the tree,” said Adam Buitendyk, urban forest technologist for the city.

Residents can also email the city to sign up. For more information on the city’s trees and tree watering program, go to www.kitchener.ca/trees.

All watering must comply with the Region of Waterloo’s water conservation bylaw, which is in effect from May 31 to Sept. 30. Water  times  are  based  on  the  last  digit  of  a property’s  address  number  and  the  watering activity (ie. lawn and garden watering, washing car, topping up residential pools, etc.). All watering activities must be done 5:30-10 a.m. and 7-11 p.m.