During my many strolls around White Rock, I have been impressed with the large numbers of new trees planted along boulevards and the walkways of parks.
Knowing how unusually dry this spring has been, I was encouraged to see each young tree wrapped with a green watering bag, complete with a sticker encouraging citizens to assist in keeping the roots moist.
Obviously, the message has gone unnoticed or unheeded, because many of these recent plantings are in distress, as am I, thinking of the waste of money, time and energy spent planting trees that are dying of thirst.
Many trees are standing next to homeowners’ driveways. They either don’t see, don’t care or assume that whoever planted the trees will ensure that they are kept alive.
When you visit your parks, take along a large jug of water.
If the trees are within reach of your garden hose, give them a drink.
Adopt a tree! Save a life!
Heather Berger, White Rock