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Posted on: August 18, 2017

[ARCHIVED] Help Your Trees Weather the Weather

arial of neigborhood with cars in the street and tree lining the road

Landscape trees across the Santa Fe region suffered during the recent multi-year drought, and it's time to help them recover.  Maintaining our urban forest is critical to the region's quality of life because it provides many benefits -- from improving air and water quality to increasing property values and saving energy.  Trees take a long time to grow, and without the proper tree care and maintenance, we risk losing these benefits.

Here are a few ways you can help your trees thrive:

  • Water Deeply.  Irrigate mature trees 1 foot deep once or twice a month during the summer.
  • Spread It Out.  Irrigate to the edge of the tree canopy; moisten soil a foot deep.
  • Take Care.  Trees in areas without sprinklers or that share irrigation zones with grass likely require additional deep irrigation.
  • Add Organics.  Spread compost and mulch around trees to decrease evaporation and reduce soil temperatures.

For more information and resources, visit the San Diego Regional Urban Forests Council at

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