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Fargo residents encouraged to consider supplemental watering and mulching to protect trees

“Newly-planted trees typically do not have an extensive and well-established root system and may need extra watering a couple of days per week," Fargo's City Forester Scott Liudahl stated via news release.

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During dry years, young trees especially will benefit from supplemental watering. Michael Vosburg / Forum Photo Editor
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FARGO — The city of Fargo is encouraging residents to be mindful of the effects dry conditions may have on trees on and around their properties.

Dry conditions can make trees more vulnerable to attacks from pests and other health issues. In keeping with current watering restrictions , residents are asked to consider supplemental watering using hand watering, drip irrigation, bubbles and other systems which are exempted from watering restrictions.

“Newly-planted trees typically do not have an extensive and well-established root system and may need extra watering a couple of days per week," Fargo's City Forester Scott Liudahl stated via news release. "The majority of healthy, established and mature trees will be able to handle drier conditions for one season. However, they may also need your help. Supplemental watering will help these trees withstand pest attacks and remain healthy. A slow soaking at the outer edge of the drip line — the area shadowed by the tree's branches — about every seven days can be effective.”

Wood chip mulch, which can reduce turf grass competition and weed growth, is also recommended in addition to watering. Mulch can also improve moisture conservation and infuse critical nutrients into the soil. Liudahl recommended spreading mulch three to four inches deep as far out as the lower branch tips or further. Mulch should be kept three to six inches from the base of the tree.

Those with further questions are asked to call the Fargo Forestry Department at 701-241-1466.

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