From Our City Partner – the City of Charlotte provides technical and arborist expertise as part of the TreesCharlotte team.
Summer Tree Care, May-September
- Water with five gallons weekly
- No need to water again if your tree has gotten an inch of rain during the week.
- Make sure the mulch is 4 feet in diameter around your tree, 6 inches deep and does not touch the trunk.
- Remove weeds and grass and add mulch.
- Do not use lawn equipment near the base of your young trees. Weed eaters and mowers can injure and even kill your tree.
- Delay major pruning until winter. Remove dead or broken branches, and root suckers, growing up from the base of the tree.
Trees Benefit Water and Prevent Erosion
- Promote water quality by serving as a natural filter and storage system
- Reduce runoff pollutants
- Slow evaporation with shade
- Decrease erosion of stream banks and shorelines
- Reduce flood risks by storing excess storm water runoff
- Moderate stream temperatures and sunlight, keeping fish and other aquatic life healthy
Urban Forest Fact: A forested acre next to a stream eliminates run off, but if that acre is a parking lot it produces 27,000 gallons of hot and polluted run off to the stream.
For more tree care tips go to treescharlotte.org