Young trees in Vancouver could die if public doesn't step in

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The Vancouver Park Board issued a plea for help from Vancouver residents to water young saplings and trees so they make it through the hot, dry summer.

The Park Board has five water trucks, two of which are doing double shifts, to try and water the young maples, magnolias, and cherry trees in the city. It’s unusual to be under such constraints this early in the year, the board says.

“The Park Board is using all its resources to water 6,000 young street trees, but we’re reaching out to the community for additional help,” said Park Board Chair John Coupar in a press release.

“The trees require deep watering (11-19 litres or 3-5 gallons) twice a week. Watering could even become a family activity and a great opportunity to teach children about the importance of trees.”

The board says the first two years of a trees’ life are vital, so it is important they get the water they need.

The water restrictions that Metro Vancouver recently instituted due to low reservoir levels do not apply when watering trees on public property.

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