Park Rapids asks citizens to help water trees
The city of Park Rapids is asking for a citizens’ hose brigade to begin immediately.
Tinder dry conditions are leaving city trees drying and prematurely going into dormancy, city forester Steph Paulson said.
“We just don’t have time to water them all,” she said.
Especially berm trees. The city cares for them for the first couple years, but residents assume the responsibility after that.
With sandy conditions and no measurable rain in the forecast, Paulson said city trees need all the moisture they can get.
It’s nearly impossible to overwater a tree in these conditions.
And Paulson said 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.