Consider the trees when you’re doing waterwise landscaping
By Paul Maus | The public forum
Utah is in a drought emergency. Governor Cox said so earlier this month. What does that mean? This means that trees growing along our neighborhood streets will be more stressed. We live in a desert
Still, this drought is also worrying.
If we all start “tearing up our strips” and xeriscaping front yards without thinking about our trees, we will lose them. Trees have been growing in our city in these places for 50 or 100 years or more, and their shallow roots have been lured to the narrow splinters of moisture found in these watered strips. As wise and environmentally friendly as it seems, shutting off water in these areas can kill the trees in a matter of years. They can succumb to illness, but ultimately they will die of thirst.
Please remember the trees when you work in the water, otherwise we will become a city of concrete and dirt with no canopy to thwart the sun.
Paul Maus, Salt Lake City
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