For all of you kind folks who've planted new trees this Spring.... if you're already doing these things, thanks! You're ahead of the class!
We've had a beautiful start to the summer season, but it's a stressful time for newly-planted trees!
If you haven't heard, we're well behind normal for rainfall already and it's shaping up to be pretty dry all summer. Please consider giving your new street tree at least 5 gallons of water a week to help it get started.
You can leave a garden hose on for a couple minutes, slowly pour a 5-gallon pail on the tree roots, or consider purchasing and filling up a water supply bag like a Treegator - those green bags you see at the base of young trees. The Village office (585 Oakwood) normally has a supply to purchase at cost. You may also wish to spread mulch around the base of your tree to help keep the ground moist, but please avoid burying the trunk of your tree "volcano" style. I personally love the inexpensive, excellent leaf compost you can buy from the Orchard Park Compost facility on Milestrip Rd. (you can't beat $23/yard if you need it in bulk!)
With your help and a few gallons of water this summer your new trees can outlive us all!