Drought and Tree Health
Newly planted trees and existing mature trees are suffering the effects of the recent drought. In fact, the U.S. Drought Monitor has Cook County in the Moderate to Severe Drought category. In May, O’Hare recorded only 0.75 inches of rain, which usually averages about 3.5-4 inches. In June, we’ve only seen about 1.7 inches of rain thus far which usually averages about 3.5 inches for the month.
Water plays a crucial role in plant and tree health by helping with the development and expansion of buds and leaves, preventing leaves from wilting and dying, and preventing trees from becoming stressed and favorable targets for damaging insects and disease.
During these times, supplemental watering is critical for tree health. Please visit www.parkridge.us/forestry for more information on properly watering your trees. Thank you for your assistance in watering your newly planted parkway trees!