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City forester Steph Paulson says dumping a bucket of water on boulevard trees can keep them healthy.
City forester Steph Paulson says dumping a bucket of water on boulevard trees can keep them healthy.

City trees starting to dry up; need help

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news Park Rapids, 56470

Park Rapids Minnesota PO Box 111 56470

By Anna Erickson

The city of Park Rapids is asking citizens to water dry trees once again this year.

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While the area isn’t in a serious drought there hasn’t been enough for the younger trees, said Chris Fieldsend, Facility Maintenance Superintendent for the city of Park Rapids.

Without enough water, trees could prematurely go into dormancy.

City crews have been busy watering as many trees as they can get to but they only have so much man power. With sandy conditions city trees need all the moisture they can get.

It’s nearly impossible to overwater a tree in these conditions.

It’s also impossible to tell if a tree is actually dying right now or going into dormancy, so the safe approach is to water.

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