Please remember in this time of drought that our trees require a sufficient supply of water.
A slow, steady trickle long enough to soak the soil 12” to 18” deep is what most trees need right now. This should be done about every three days.
A soaker hose, sprinkler, or water bag will work well. You will want to be mindful of your municipality’s current watering restrictions, though.
Feel free to contact your BC Plant Health Care representative to check the current health of your trees and advise you on how to prevent drought stress next year.
One thing that works very well is a slow-leak waterbag wrapped around the base of the trunk. We have these in stock at a very reasonable price. Call to set up a delivery, pick up is not available.
For the first time in 12 years, Metro Vancouver has moved to Stage 3 water restrictions, banning all lawn sprinkling with treated drinking water and bringing in a number of other water conservation measures.
“We are in uncharted territory, we’ve never had it this dry ever in recorded history,” said North Vancouver Mayor Darrell Musatto, who also chairs Metro Vancouver’s Utility Committee.
“So we are under great stress at the reservoirs, consequentially we have to reduce our consumption.”
The move follows last week’s provincial declaration of a Level 4 drought for the South Coast and Fraser Valley, which warned if supplies continued to dwindle, there could be water shortages that affect people, industry and agriculture.
Daily water consumption in Metro Vancouver has dropped from a high of 1.7 billion litres a day at the start of July, but is still too high at 1.4 billion litres a day, the regional district said in a statement.
Musatto says not enough people are taking water restrictions seriously.
“We would have liked to see less people watering their lawns,” he said, referring to when Stage 2 water restrictions were put in place earlier this month. “Everyone needs to do their part to reduce our consumption.”
Reservoir levels sit below 73 per cent — a level outside the normal range for this time of year.
Musatto says last week the region started diverting water in high alpine lakes into the Capilano Reservoir. He anticipates more alpine water will be diverted into the Seymour Reservoir.
“We need rain and we need it now,” he said. “Three or four days of solid rain.”
Earlier Monday, the regional district said the restrictions would be brought in Tuesday, but they came into effect Monday instead.