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Jun 08, 2016 Return to Headlines

Residents Invited to Help Maintain City’s Urban Forest

by Colleen Smith |

COQUITLAM, BC, June 8, 2016 – For the second year in a row, Coquitlam has installed watering bags to help out ​young trees and is inviting neighbouring residents to help keep the trees healthy by adding water to the bags during drier spells.

The City of Coquitlam is committed to supporting a healthy urban forest that includes 2,800 ​young trees. To that end, once again this year, the City’s Parks crews have installed watering bags to help trees grow strong and healthy during the drier summer months.

The watering bags, which will be filled by City staff once every two weeks, are a more efficient – and effective – way to deliver water to street and park trees.

Similar to last year, residents neighbouring ​these trees are requested to supplement the City waterings, especially during extended periods without rain. Instructional letters have been mailed to affected residents asking for their assistance. While not required, this added boost helps the trees to be more vigorous and more pest resistant.

In 2015, the newly introduced watering bags lead to an increase in the establishment and survival of young and newly planted trees, with the City losing very few trees despite a record drought and many severe weather events.

The tree watering program runs from late May until late September and the bags will be removed in the fall so they can be reused in future years.

Residents with questions or concerns about the tree watering program may contact Parks at 604-927-6300.

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Media contact:
Lanny Englund
Urban Forest and Parks Services Manager
604-927-6330
lenglund@coquitlam.ca