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These welcome autumn rains mean we're wrapping up Friends' Adopt a Tree program for the 2012 season.

TBP Fall colour of White Ash

We started a bit early this year due to the very early spring, which led into another extremely dry summer of drought.  Hard on all the park's trees -- in fact the entire city's urban forest, but here in our little corner of paradise the 73 volunteers watering the 94 trees currently in the program kept the saplings going.  A neighborly thing.

Four saplings were lost this season -- two to vandalism and two to well, just difficulties with transplanting.  Someone thought one of the blossoming cherries was pretty and lopped  its top off to take home, I guess, and a White Oak up along the laneway in the north end had it's bark stripped one night which means it will die.  We also lost the new Shagbark and Bitternut Hickory saplings planted in the early summer of 2011 most likely due to the fact that their deep taproots make them very hard to transplant.

TB Shagbark Hickory gone

On the plus side of the tree inventory, the Forestry department has said we'll hopefully get Hickory replacements next spring. The Shagbark had been particularly requested to replace the old dying one which had been orange-dot-of-deathed and was taken down this summer. (The Shagbark was the one in the circle of stones left over from the Crawford bridge.)

As well, our Park Supervisor tells us we may be getting six more Sakura Cherries, possibly planted as a grove where the Shagbark used to be in the north end of the park – just to spread their spring beauty around a bit.

TBP White Ashes x 2

PS: the trees pictured here are White Ash.  Their spectacular distinctive fall colour -- burgandy on the outside and glowing yellow inside -- make them easy to spot in the fall.  Sadly these are one of the ash types which is being devastated by the Emerald Ash Borer (EAB) but let's enjoy them while they're here...

Hello park neighbors -- if you've a tree on your property -- a new sapling or a shady giant -- it is in need of your help with water.  We're experienceing another summer of drought.

Why not give your neighbor a nudge too -- we all share the shade of those wonderful street trees.  Just a thought.



Wondering just how much water they need?  We've posted it on  this page

If you've a tree on your property -- a new sapling or a shady giant -- it is in need of your help with water.  We're experienceing another summer of drought.

Why not give your neighbor a nudge too -- we all share the shade of those wonderful street trees.  Just a thought.

As noted in an article in the Toronto Star on Wednesday, "While June had a normal amount of total precipitation, nearly half of it fell on the first day, according to Environment Canada climatologist Geoff Coulson. In May, the weather station at Pearson International Airport reported rainfall of 44.4 mm compared with the average 72.4 mm, he said."


How much water does your tree need?

According to the Colorado State University (a great, concise one-page resource on tree care BTW) a general rule of thumb is to use approximately 10 gallons of water per inch of trunk diameter for each watering.  Measure trunk diameter at knee height. General formula: Tree Diameter x 5 minutes = Total Watering Time.

Example: When you hand water using a hose at medium pressure, it will take approximately 5 minutes to produce 10 gallons of water. If you have a 4” diameter tree, it should receive 40 gallons of water - multiply by 5 minutes to equal total watering time of 20 minutes.  In times of drought large trees (16”+ diameter) should be watered 3 times per month, April through September.

In our Adopt A Tree program, and according to LEAF (Local Enhancement and Appreciation of Forests), we use the rule of thumb that newly planted sapling trees need a minimum of 5 gallons of water (1" of rain) per week for its first four years while it establishes a root system.

And if you're having a "why bother" moment, there's a great reminder list of all the wonderful things that tree provides us with at Trees Ontario.  Not included on that list though is the increase in property value a mature tree brings!

Spread the word -- our trees need watering!

Because it takes 100 years to replace that 100-year-old Silver Maple on the front lawn.


Not sure what sadness prompts someone to peel the bark of a young tree but while it might soothe their soul it's fatal to the tree.


This young white oak's vital phloem layer, which is just below the thin outer layer of bark and transports nutrients and the products of photosynthesis down to the roots, has been completely girdled, destroying the trees ability to function.

You might remember this happened to a young Accolade elm last summer (around the same time, come to think of it).  Here's a snap of the elm now.  Dead as a doornail.


Life in a public space.  Sigh.

But then look at the six+ saplings in the far background.  They represent the other side of life in a public space for a tree: thanks to those dedicated volunteers watering them.  Sigh!

Seven of the Sakura Cherry trees were adopted out at this Sunday's Park Day and two more have signed up since then.  This leaves only three more trees needing adopters -- excellent news.

The three remaing trees are Sakura Cherries in the south end of the park -- if you're interested please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., Adopt A Tree Coordinator.


It was a beautiful day -- and thanks to my charming fellow tree adopters Carole and Chantale for helping out at the AAT table.

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