City Forestry Asking for Help Watering Street Trees

Drought conditions are stressing trees in Waukesha; The Parks, Recreation and Forestry Department is asking for your help.

Editor's Note: The following news release was provided to Patch via the

We are experiencing serious drought conditions throughout southeast Wisconsin. All trees, both large and small, are being stressed by a lack of moisture. This includes the street tree in front of your home.  Trees and plant material in general, become much more vulnerable to insects and disease when they lack adequate water.

Tree Watering Survival Guide

  • Place a garden hose underneath the crown of the tree near the trunk.
  • Set the hose to a slow trickle, water 25 minutes for large trees and 15 minutes for smaller trees.
  • Move the hose three or four times during watering.
  • Or use a five-gallon bucket and dump two buckets on small trees between 2 and 4 inches in diameter and four to five buckets of water on larger trees.
  • Repeat this process every seven to 10 days until there is adequate rain.
  • Use a shredded bark or woodchip mulch around your tree. Mulch reduces evaporation and improves water absorption.
  • Trees near construction zones may require more watering.
  • Older, bigger yard trees can also suffer from moisture stress. Water a larger tree with a sprinkler during the evening or early morning to reduce evaporation.  When a coffee can has 1 inch of water, turn off the sprinkler.

Because our community trees provide us with many economic, environmental, social and aesthetic benefits, it is VERY important to keep them healthy.  Remember to please follow all local watering restrictions, which limit watering on odd-numbered addresses to Tuesdays and Saturdays and even-numbered addresses to Thursdays and Sundays.  Please water prior to 9 a.m. or after 5 p.m.

Tim Jandt June 27, 2012 at 07:41 PM
Do we get a credit on our water bills for the trees we water that the city is responsible for? As I'm sure the city would have no problem sending me a notice informing me they will charge me for cutting noxious weeds on a lawn I'm responsible for.
Kat June 27, 2012 at 09:06 PM
I would gladly water any trees on my street....if there were any trees. We live on probably one of the ugliest streets in Waukesha; there used to be lots of trees on it I guess, but they were all cut down.
Rueck Ruecktenwald June 27, 2012 at 09:06 PM
Be a responsible citizen. Do something for your community and yourself. I think we should work together to take care of our wonderful city. My city tree offers fantastic shade for my house. I have taken care of it since 1976. That's perfect for the summer heat. I want to take care of my city tree and all for the trees / plants in my yard. Why don't you get a sprinkling credit meter. We have had one for years. We don't pay any sewer charge for watering. We have a vegetable garden. It helps us to grow food and save on costly food bills. Take some smart tips. Trees / plants are our future - oxygen. Be a community citizen and do the right thing. Rueck Ruecktenwald
Tim Jandt June 27, 2012 at 11:31 PM
LOL, to those that did not get the sarcastic humor in my comment, I apologize. I thought it was pretty much a given that anyone who waters their lawn and trees waters ALL of their lawn and trees, including those on the sidewalk median.
Herbert June 28, 2012 at 05:42 PM
I would love to help but with the 25% rate increase I'm already at my quarterly budget.


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