Westmont, Illinois - Date Issued: August 23, 2021
The Village of Westmont’s Environmental Improvement Committee (EIC) wants to remind residents how important it is to care for trees during drought conditions. “This past July we experienced our hottest month in recorded history,” said Dave DeCicco, Village Arborist. “We want to remind residents to pay attention to their trees and plants during these drought conditions.”
It is recommended that residents water trees and shrubs during extremely dry soil conditions. If you have to choose, water your trees and not the grass since grass will turn green again when water is available, but trees can have lasting damage. For water conservation, it is best not to water your lawn at all. Trees, on the other hand, will show only subtle signs of drought such as wilting or dropping leaves, however, they can be seriously injured or die without water.
Summer is the most stressful time for landscape plants. Without enough moisture, plants can't function normally and are predisposed to damage by pests or disease. Generally speaking, those most at risk are newly planted or transplanted trees without extensive root systems or other plants with under-developed or damaged root systems.
When watering trees, remember that they absorb water and nutrients through their roots, which are typically within the top 12 inches of the soil. The goal is to keep plant roots moist, but not wet. Constantly saturated conditions also can damage roots.
TREE & PLANT CARE TIPS DURING DROUGHT:
For more information on these programs, contact the Environmental Improvement Committee at firstname.lastname@example.org.