Consider the trees when you’re doing waterwise landscaping

(Francisco Kjolseth | The Salt Lake Tribune) A large tree rests on a house along 1800 East near Highland High, as crews and homeowners wore extensive on Wednesday, September 9, 2020 after a storm that triggered them Wind damage removal in Salt Lake City begins with hurricane strength winds.

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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