Thunder Bay scoops water bags for new trees
City receives $15K grant from the TD Green Streets program for Tree Bag Watering Program
Posted: Jul 9, 2012 3:22 PM ET
Last Updated: Jul 9, 2012 3:14 PM ET
The city of Thunder Bay is trying out a new way to keep its urban forest healthy.
A donation from the TD Green Streets program has paid for 400 watering bags that will be placed on the trunks of trees that were recently planted around the city.
Urban Forest program specialist Rena Viehbeck says it's a good way to deliver 75 litres of water to tree roots.Thunder Bay has been given 400 tree watering bags to use with newly planted trees. Rena Viehbeck
“That amount of water gets slowly released right onto the roots below, over the next six to nine hours,” she said. “That water will actually reach the roots, without running off, which often happens when people water too fast.”
Homeowners with a bag in front of their house can refill it themselves — usually once a week — otherwise a city worker will do the job this year.
Thunder Bay was one of 21 municipalities selected to receive a grant from TD. Last year the city received a TD Green Streets Grant to help launch the new Citizen Pruner Program.
"The goal of TD Green Streets is to encourage the adoption of leading-edge practices in municipal forests," said Mary Desjardins, executive director, TD Friends of the Environment Foundation.
"We want to commend the City of Thunder Bay for developing a program that will provide such a great enhancement to the environment."
Tree watering bags are an efficient way to water newly planted trees for up to two years after they have been planted, a city press release stated. After two years, tree watering should be located outwards of the tree's drip line — to where the roots will have grown.
"Proper soil moisture for root growth is especially important for newly planted trees," said Viehbeck.
"Lack of water is the single greatest factor that leads to the death of newly planted trees. Slow water application, by using a tree watering bag or leaving your hose on at a slow trickle for one-to-two hours prevents surface runoff and allows the water to reach the absorbing roots of the tree."
Latest Thunder Bay News Headlines
- Hwy 587 closed after washout
- Repairs are underway as workers scramble to install a temporary culvert on Highway 587 after the road was washed out due to heavy rainfall. more »
- Swollen river frustrates fish taggers
- A co-operative rainbow trout tagging program on Portage Creek, near Sleeping Giant Park, has been put on hold due to high water. more »
- First Nation 'will not accept' disrespect of sacred grounds
- The chief of Fort William First Nation says the community is upset by an act of destruction on Mount McKay in Thunder Bay. more »
- Inspectors check flooded homes at Fort William First Nation
- Fort William First Nation near Thunder Bay remained in a state of emergency on Wednesday as inspectors assessed the safety of flood-damaged homes. more »
Top News Headlines
- 2nd suspect in Tim Bosma murder case to plead not guilty
- The lawyer for Mark Smich says the Oakville, Ont., resident will plead not guilty to first-degree murder in the death of Tim Bosma, the Hamilton man who disappeared earlier this month after taking two men on a test drive of his truck. Smich was charged today, after Dellen Millard of Toronto was also charged with first-degree murder. more »
- 2 more arrests linked to hacking death of British soldier
- WARNING: This story contains graphic content. Two more people have been arrested by officers investigating the hacking death of a U.K. soldier in London, say British police. more »
- Neil Macdonald: Harper no Obama when it comes to dealing with scandals
- Beset by three so-called scandals at the moment, Barack Obama has been meeting his accusers and the press head on, Neil Macdonald writes. The same cannot be said for how Stephen Harper operates. more »
- Toronto Mayor Rob Ford fires chief of staff
- Toronto Mayor Rob Ford has parted ways with his chief of staff, the latest development in a tumultuous week at city hall where the pressure is growing for the mayor to comment on crack cocaine allegations raised by two media outlets. more »