Westmont, IllinoisDate Issued: August 25, 2020
The Village of Westmont’s Environmental Improvement Committee (EIC) wants to remind residents how important it is to care for trees during drought conditions. “We have had very little rainfall this summer and the trees are showing signs of distress,” said Jon Yeater, Village Forester and EIC Liaison. “It is very important to care for newly planted and mature trees during drought conditions.”
The EIC recommends that residents water trees and shrubs during extremely dry soil conditions. If you have to choose, water your trees and not the grass since grass will turn green again when water is available, but trees can have lasting damage. For water conservation, it is best not to water your lawn at all. Trees, on the other hand, will show subtle signs of drought, wilting or dropping leaves. However, they can be seriously injured or die without water.
Summer is the most stressful time for landscape plants. Without enough moisture, plants can’t function normally and are predisposed to damage by pests or disease. Generally speaking, those most at risk are newly planted or transplanted trees without extensive root systems or other plants with under-developed or damaged root systems.
When watering trees, remember that they absorb water and nutrients through their roots, which are typically up to 12 inches deep from the surface. The goal is to keep plant roots moist, but not wet. Constantly saturated conditions also can damage roots.
Watering and other tips for plant care during drought:
For more information on these programs, contact Village Forester Jon Yeater at firstname.lastname@example.org.