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Aug 09, 2018 Return to Headlines

Help Keep Coquitlam Trees Hydrated During Summer Dry Spells

by Michelle Frilund |

COQUITLAM, BC, Aug. 9, 2018 – Residents who neighbour trees along Coquitlam’s streets are encouraged to help keep those trees healthy during our driest month by supplementing City watering bags.

Similar to past years, the City has installed watering bags on trees to help keep them healthy during dry spells. The watering bags, which City staff fill every two weeks, are a more efficient and effective way to deliver water to street and park trees.

While not required, the added boost from neighbours helps the trees to be more vigorous and more pest resistant, especially during extended periods without rain.

If the water level looks low, simply lift up the tag at the top of the bag to expose the fill opening, then insert your hose and fill it up.

Approximately 3,000 trees will benefit from watering bags in 2018, helping to significantly reduce the mortality rate of juvenile trees while ensuring trees grow strong and healthy.

About Coquitlam’s Urban Tree Watering Program
In 2015, the newly introduced watering bags helped increase 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, now in its fourth year, 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 or email parkscustomerservice@coquitlam.ca. More information on tree management in Coquitlam is available at www.coquitlam.ca/trees.

Media contact:
Caresse Selk
Urban Forestry and Parks Services Manager
604-927-6330
cselk@coquitlam.ca