Help street trees survive summer

Trees on nature strips can suffer in the hot weather and residents are very welcome to give them a drink of water from time-to-time.

Hume Mayor, Councillor Helen Patsikatheodorou, said current weather conditions posed particular challenges for Council’s trees.

“December has been hotter than normal and Hume is on track for a very warm January and February,” Cr Patsikatheodorou said.

“If trees are not watered across a heatwave, they can become prone to disease and unable to deal with problems caused by insects.

“We want the trees on our nature strips to thrive because the plants improve the appearance of Hume’s streets, and offer a sanctuary for animals and birds.

“Council officers regularly water trees that have been planted in the last few years, to help support particularly vulnerable plants.

“Hume would be grateful to any resident who offers water to the tree which grows on the nature strip outside their home.”

People are encouraged to water a nature strip tree slowly, so that the moisture sinks into the soil and does not run-off.

Residents are welcome to water the trees at the coolest times of the day, in the early morning or just before dusk.

Cr Patsikatheodorou said many trees displayed distinct signs when they were stressed by heat.

“The leaves of a tree can indicate if the plant desperately needs a drink,” she said.

“Trees that exhibit leaves which have started to wilt, turn brown, and curl at the edges may be extremely thirsty.

“Some trees that have suffered from heat stress also present leaves which are dull or limp.”

People who would like to report a Council tree that shows signs of heat stress should call 03 9205 2200.

Posted on 12:00 AM, 31 December 2015

Updated : 10:37 AM, 31 December 2015

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