Costs start to add up as trees continue to die from lack of rain
Watering restrictions are making it more difficult for residents to keep trees alive and for members of the Township staff to preserve green space in The Woodlands. Nunes explained that in public places, like streetscapes, parks and open spaces, certified foresters inspect trees to see if they are dormant or actually dead. The Woodlands Township has to pick up the tab for removing the dead trees and has already spent $113,277 on the process this year. Watering restrictions have affected the staff's ability to water trees in the parks, Nunes added. The Woodlands Joint Powers Agency has moved the area into Stage 3 - Severe Water Shortage Conditions - of the drought contingency plan. The agency has instructed residents to set programmable controllers to water no more than twice a week and said all watering cycles must be complete by 4 a.m. Merritt said with restrictions limiting outdoor watering to two days per week, this method gives homeowners an option to maintain healthy trees. Howard agreed that residents should water deeply, concentrating on the drip line, the area directly located under the outer circumference of the tree branches. Just remember to water at least the critical root zone area under the drip line.
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