Tuesday, September 2, 2014
YOLO COUNTY NEWS
99 CENTS

Drought care for our trees

By
From page A6 | April 16, 2014 |

As you may know, the city of Davis has had the pleasure of being known as a Tree City USA for the past 36 years! Our beautiful urban forest provides a multitude of community and economic benefits, including improved water and air quality, reduced violence, increased health, reduced storm water infrastructure costs, pavement and road longevity, increased property values and lower cooling costs.

To continue benefiting from our local trees, we must ensure that they receive proper care and maintenance, even during times of drought. Although we have had some relief, we are expecting a long, hot summer. I commend community members for taking steps to reduce water use at this time, however, I hope you will continue to provide the trees in your area with the amount of water they need to preserve our urban forest.

Here are some basic instructions on properly caring for your trees:

Prepare your tree for the best possible water absorption by eliminating competitive grasses, weeds and ground cover within 12 inches of the trunk. In addition, a layer of mulch one finger length deep around the base of the tree can keep water from evaporating and can keep weeds from growing.

The amount of water a tree needs depends upon the tree’s age. For trees in their first year, deep-water two to three times per week for the first two months. Remember to water more frequently during hot weather. After this period, water twice a week to keep the soil moist (not wet) until the winter season.

Trees in their second year require weekly deep watering beginning in late spring through early fall. Those in their third year or older need monthly deep watering during the dry season.

A good technique for checking soil moisture is to poke an 8-inch screwdriver into the soil. It is time to water if the screwdriver cannot easily pass through at least 6 inches of the soil.

Since our urban forest plays such a vital role in our community, it is important that we make its care and maintenance a high priority!

Kathryn Dixon
Davis

Comments

comments

Letters to the Editor

.

News

 
Planning begins for Davis Neighbors’ Night Out

By Enterprise staff | From Page: A1

 
Davis is not immune: Are you ready for a big quake?

By Dave Ryan | From Page: A1 | Gallery

6 militants killed in U.S. strike in Somalia

By The Associated Press | From Page: A2 | Gallery

 
San Francisco is first to test urban farming law

By The Associated Press | From Page: A2

 
Sword-attack suspect awaiting trial in Davis

By Lauren Keene | From Page: A2

Learn about RNA at Science Café

By Enterprise staff | From Page: A3

 
Google Glass will be discussed, demonstrated

By Enterprise staff | From Page: A3

Tickets still available for DHS Hall of Fame dinner

By Enterprise staff | From Page: A3

 
Cuddle up at Project Linus’ meeting

By Enterprise staff | From Page: A3

Public opinion sought about Nishi Gateway

By Lily Holmes | From Page: A3

 
International folk dancing offered Sundays

By Enterprise staff | From Page: A3

Got bikes? Donate ‘em!

By Enterprise staff | From Page: A3

 
Rose garden bricks to be dedicated Saturday

By Enterprise staff | From Page: A3

It’s About Time plays Davis Farmers Market’s Picnic in the Park

By Anthony Siino | From Page: A3 | Gallery

 
Register year-round at Davis Chinese School

By Enterprise staff | From Page: A8

 
.

Forum

Tom Meyer cartoon

By Debbie Davis | From Page: A4

 
Have the facts before you judge

By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: A4

Tesla has state walking a tightrope

By Tom Elias | From Page: A4

 
Special-needs passengers ignored

By Letters to the Editor | From Page: A4

A cure for Davis’ problems

By Letters to the Editor | From Page: A4

 
A good use for the MRAP

By Letters to the Editor | From Page: A4

Marriage vs. male instinct

By Creators Syndicate | From Page: B5

 
.

Sports

DHS boys looking to replicate a big cross country performance

By Spencer Ault | From Page: B1 | Gallery

 
Life without MacDonald starts Friday for DHS

By Thomas Oide | From Page: B1 | Gallery

Clark recalls his hole-in-one — the first at Davis Golf Course

By Bruce Gallaudet | From Page: B1 | Gallery

 
Fruits of their Labor Day

By Sue Cockrell | From Page: B1 | Gallery

 
UCD roundup: Aggies edge Quinnipiac in overtime

By Enterprise staff | From Page: B2

Sports briefs: Hot Shots basketball tryouts coming up

By Enterprise staff | From Page: B3

 
Baseball roundup: Aces end River Cats’ season

By Staff and wire reports | From Page: B3

Junior Blue Devils strong in home debut, winning 3 on the field

By Enterprise staff | From Page: B8 | Gallery

 
.

Features

.

Arts

.

Business

.

Obituaries

Elaine Dracia Greenberg

By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: A5

 
.

Comics

Comics: Tuesday, September 2, 2014 (set 1)

By Creator | From Page: B5

 
Comics: Tuesday, September 2, 2014 (set 2)

By Creator | From Page: B7