Combating the continued lack of rain and rise in temperatures, Keep Indianapolis Beautiful, Inc. (KIB) has initiated several steps to ensure that trees are being cared for and the public is informed. KIB, along with the City of Indianapolis, is asking residents to water their trees.
With the recent rising temperatures and lack of accumulative rainfall, KIB is asking residents to give their trees 15 gallons of water, once a week, if planted within the last three to five years. Although with extremely hot temps, increasing to twice a week is preferred, along with watering mature trees during this time of abnormally dry weather.
Additional resources on tree care are available online at www.kibi.org/water.
“A period of excessive heat coupled with below-average rainfall for the month of August have created stressful conditions for trees and landscaping plants across Indianapolis,” Lori Miser, Indianapolis Public Works director, said in a press release. “The city is advising residents to be proactive in protecting young trees and other sensitive plants from drought-related stress.”
Because of the urgent need to protect the city’s trees, KIB is investing more resources into watering:
• Weekly watering notifications: Visitors to the KIB homepage can see weekly reminders and tips for watering. Through a color-coded notification system, residents will know immediately the conditions for watering, and ways to ensure trees that have been planted in the last five years are cared for properly. Additionally, notifications will also be sent through Facebook and Twitter, encouraging residents to Tweet @kibiorg with the hashtag #thirstytrees or send a message on Facebook about watering efforts.
• Volunteer watering crews: Opportunities are currently available (www.kibi.org/volunteer) to assist KIB in watering trees during this drought season, 6 to 8 p.m. every Monday at various sites around Indy; additional days and times are currently being added.
“Currently, our main concern is for the trees that we have planted in the past few years with help of funders and volunteers all over the city; and insuring that they survive to provide a substantial tree canopy for Indianapolis.” David Forsell, president of Keep Indianapolis Beautiful, said in a press release. “Our hope is that all of Indy’s trees are being cared for, especially after the extreme drought we experienced last year. We are grateful for the support of the City of Indianapolis to implement a plan that will engage residents to ensure the survivability of trees and help to combat the recent, extreme dryness.”
To learn more about KIB’s watering efforts, volunteer to join a watering crew, or donate to help preserve trees, visit the website at www.kibi.org/water.