Date: July 10, 2012
The extreme weather of the past few weeks, including high temperatures and lack of rain, has placed a great deal of stress on many elements of our community, including the street trees in front of residences and businesses. The City of Holland is requesting residents and property owners to assist in taking care of their street trees (located in the City right-of-way, typically between the street and sidewalk or immediately adjacent to the street in areas without a curb and/or sidewalk), during this drought-like period by watering them on a regular basis. When watering, please note that the depth of the water is extremely important, and watering for a longer period of time will allow the moisture to get down to the roots and protect against the heat. Using five to ten gallons of water, twice a week, is a good gauge for watering.
Under these weather conditions, many of these trees struggle to survive. This is true not only for young trees that have been more recently planted, but equally important for older trees and more established trees that need sustenance as well.
As a community, we are extremely proud to have been recognized as a “Tree City USA” each year for the past 32 years. Our tree-lined streets provide natural canopies for our neighborhoods, and enhance the quality of life for all of us. Please help us to preserve and protect this important feature of our community by watering your street trees.
For further information, contact:
Andy Kenyon, Parks & Cemetery Division Manager, 616-928-2457 or
Jodi Syens, Director, 6161-928-2405