It is one of the hottest days of the year here in Portland and so you need to know how to keep your trees healthy in the heat. Trees grow through the process of photosynthesis, a scientific process that turns the energy from the sun into food for plants requiring three elements: sunlight, carbon dioxide and water.
Our of these ingredients, tree owners can only help their trees with WATER.
If your tree has been transplanted in the last three years, it requires 10-15 gallons of water per week during the dry period of summer. To ensure the water makes it way down to the tree’s roots, you want to do a deep, through soaking when you water.
You can help keep your trees hydrated by mulching around the trees. Follow the rules of 3:
- Mulch should be applied in a 3 inch layer
- Apply the mulch in a 3 foot circle
- keep mulch 3 inches away fro the tree trunk on all sides
Portlanders – Free mulch is available at the FoT World Campus, 3117 NE Martin Luther King Blvd. Bring your own bucket or bag for the mulch!!