Community Initiatives

Hounslow Highways Tree Watering Initiative

If you would like to help us in supporting Hounslow’s tree population, please feel free to contact us using our report it function which can be found on our home page. Also all of our trees love to be watered, so if you would like to see if you could help water a tree you see regularly, you can find a list of all our trees in the documents below.

Please see below watering guidance:

-Look out for the biodegradable tags on trees in parks and highways indicating that they are young trees in need of additional watering.

-Please water regularly during periods of dry weather, ideally a young tree requires 50 litres of water per week during summer – although anything you can manage is great.

-Tap water, rainwater or even dishwater is fine. Please make sure no harsh chemicals stronger than washing-up liquid are in the mix. Please be aware that a lot of cleaning products contain bleach which long-term will be harmful to the tree.

-Just slowly pour the water over the roots, letting the water soak deep into the soil. Also, if there’s a watering tube at the base of the tree, please use that, but in extremely dry weather it is best to water over the roots then fill the water pipe.

-It is best to water in two stages; first wet the surface to prevent run off, then water again to soak deep into the roots.

-The best time to water is either in the early morning or in the evening. Try to avoid the hottest part of the day, although water anytime is better than no water at all.

-Try not to water when the ground is wet and soggy. Trees can also become overwatered in poorly drained soils such as clay and heavy loam and this can lead to water logging.

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