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Young Coquitlam trees to be nourished during summer's dry periods with re-installed water bags

The city's parks team is set to refill the bags every two weeks between now and late September as part of efforts to maintain urban forestry in the community.
Coquitlam street tree watering
Watering bags have been installed at street trees in Coquitlam to help preserve young urban forestry during summer dry spells.

Just in time for an expected heatwave this weekend, Coquitlam trees are set to get consistent, much-needed drinks of water.

This week, the city announced that exactly 2,220 young trees that collectively create an urban forest setting now have watering bags re-installed to keep them healthy through drier periods of the summer.

The annual task by the city's parks department comes as temperatures are expected to reach up to 30 C with humidity during a special weather statement by Environment Canada.

Between now and late September, city crews are scheduled to refill the water bags every two weeks.

When the season is over, they can be reused for summers to come.

In a release, the city explains the bags are both efficient and effective in providing nourishment to trees situated on local streets and in parks.

"The watering bags help increase the establishment and survival of young and newly planted trees, with the City losing very few trees despite a record drought and many severe weather events over the years," the statement reads. 

"Similar to past years, residents who neighbour these trees are asked to supplement the City waterings, especially during extended periods without rain. While not required, this added boost helps the trees to be more vigorous and more pest resistant."

For more information, questions or concerns, you're encouraged to call Coquitlam's parks service line at 604-927-6300.