Community Tree Watering is More Effective Done Together


If you have ever been responsible for watering a plant you know that it is easy to forget. When they are in need of water they don’t whine or bark, they just begin to quietly wilt. Based on research conducted by Sarah Mincey and Jessica Vogt at Indiana University’s Bloomington Urban Forestry Research Group (BUFRG) at the Center for the Study of Institutions, Population, and Environmental Change (CIPEC), trees surveyed that were watered collectively, had signed watering agreements, and where watering was monitored by neighborhood members show better survival rates than trees that were watered by individuals independent of a collective watering effort. This makes sense if you know how challenging it can be to get out and water a young tree in the heat of the summer. City trees are an important neighborhood asset. To increase the success of young trees, work with your neighbors to water young trees together. You will increase the success of the trees you water and who knows, you may form new friendships, and continue to do more projects together to improve your neighborhood.