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Officials: Please help water the trees in St. Paul

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ST. PAUL, Minn. (KMSP) -

The city of St. Paul is asking residents to water their trees due to abnormally-dry weather conditions.

The dry weather is putting stress on trees and that can lead to a weakened condition which makes trees more susceptible to illness, disease and premature death. While some types of trees are more tolerant of water stress than others, current dry conditions call for all trees to be watered.

Signs a tree is suffering from water stress

  • Yellowing of the leaves
  • Drooping or wilted leaves
  • Premature leaf drop and loss

Watering guidelines

Watering should be done in the early morning or evening for best results.

For large trees

  • Larger trees need to be watered 2-3 times per week for 1-2 hours
  • Using a slow trickle of water by the base area of the tree is best

For smaller trees

  • Smaller trees need to be watered every other day for 30 - 60 minutes
  • Using a trickle or a slow stream of water around the drip line (where water would drip during a rain event) is best

Due to the lack of rainfall, one or two isolated storms will not bring enough consistent water that trees need. Residents are asked to not only water their private trees, but to also water public boulevard trees that may abut their property.

Residents with questions are encouraged to contact St. Paul's professional Forestry staff at 651-632-5129 or visit the city's website.

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