Sarnia Experiencing Drought Conditions

Sarnia, ON — The City of Sarnia and the Parks and Recreation Department are encouraging residents to water their trees to prevent them from dying. The recent lack of rain, accompanied by Sarnia’s sandy soil, has left the area in drought conditions.

Trees located along the city’s boulevards, the municipal portion of land between resident’s property and the road, are particularly vulnerable.

“Young, smaller trees (approximately three years and younger), are highly susceptible to drought because of their shallow, undeveloped root systems,” explains Chuck Toth, Supervisor, Horticulture & Arboriculture.

The best way to water trees is to allow water to trickle at a slower rate for a longer period of time. That allows water to penetrate deeper into the roots and avoids water runoff on the dry surfaces of the ground.

Reporting for WGRT – Jessie Wiegand