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Protect your tree equity

Trees are an important and valuable part of your landscape

Large specimen trees can add 10% or more to individual and neighborhood property values. For example, a $500,000 home on a lot with three mature trees might owe $50,000 of its value to the trees! Large trees in your landscape can be irreplaceable. And the small ones are a very smart investment. In twenty years, that little two-inch tree will be worth thousands of dollars.

Water your trees!

Remember this simple formula: 10 gals/inch/week.

Trees require approximately 10 gallons of water per inch of a tree’s diameter (measured at knee height). Lawn sprinklers don’t do an adequate job of irrigating trees.

The easy way to water trees: five-gallon buckets.

1. Drill five 1/8-inch holes in the bottom of five gallon buckets ($5 each at home improvement or hardware stores).

2. Place the buckets along the tree’s dripline where the roots are.

3. Fill the buckets with water and let it slowly drain out. The buckets make it easy to measure the right amount of water for your tree. For example: a young tree, 2-inches in diameter will require 20 gallons (4 buckets) per week.

Be careful not to overwater. Overwatering forces oxygen out of the soil and can make matters worse. Watch for yellowing leaves (a sign of overwatering).

Avoid frequent light watering – this draws the roots closer to the surface where they are more vunerable to heat and winter damage. Pay special attention to young trees and evergreens; continue watering after the leaves drop in the fall.

Fast Tree Facts!

  • According to the US Forest Service 100 trees (over 40 years old) remove 1.2 tons of CO2 and 130 lbs of pollutants from the air each year.
  • And, healthy trees can save between 10 and 30% on energy costs.
  • One 20-year old tree has an annual net benefit of approximately $30.

One Response to "Protect your tree equity"

  1. Jeff Zaayer says:

    A mature shade tree can intercept off as much as 1500 gallons of storm water per year. Just in what it is able to hold in it’s canopy and evaporate back off before it gets to the ground.