Thanks to the efforts of a half dozen members of Friends of Dieppe Park, the trees have survived and thrived! The Adopt-A-Tree program was successful. A Big Thank You to everyone who helped ~ Ed.
The Forestry Parks and Recreation department has planted 15 young trees in the park and they need to be watered and cared for during their first couple of years or there is a high risk they will not survive. The FPR department may not have resources to attend to the young trees regularly.
The idea behind Adopt-A-Tree is that one person takes responsibility for the care of one tree for the first year or two; this includes regular watering, weeding and mulching. This is a program, which is being run quite successfully in Trinity Bellwoods Park in the west end.
The work that we do with the trees today, through the Adopt-A-Tree program, will have an effect on the park for decades to come. A deep watering once a week will have a major impact in how the trees get a foothold and be able to withstand park user traffic, extreme winters, drought plagued summers, insect and disease attacks. In fact, in the ‘tree tips’ from LivingGreen Toronto, they state that watering properly is the single biggest factor in developing good tree health.
A map of the trees has been created and the trees individually numbered. One person will look after one tree. Sign up to help.
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- Each trees needs about 5 gallons of water per week – less if there is plenty of rain that week – during the growing season of June to August.
- Occasionally, yanking out a few “weeds” around the base of the young trees may be necessary, as they compete with the tree for water.
- Occasionally turn over the mulch at the base of the tree as per these instructions
- Don’t forget to use garden gloves, as dogs love to help water the trees as well!
- I’ve also found that maintaining a “well” around the base of the trees helps hold water when you water them. It’s just a matter of forming a bit of a circular dam around the base, although you may need to loosen up the earth/mulch with a garden spade.
- I’m sorry we can’t supply you with any of these tools as, a) no place to keep them b) no money to buy them. A+B means we’re guerila gardeners and real pioneers.
On the map below, the green dots are trees that have already been adopted and the red dots are trees that are still available. Note that 5a is actually two recently planted shrubs located on either side of the Dieppe Park Memorial plaque. Theyre only about 2feet tall. Trees 8M and 18M are memorial trees.