A summer of record breaking heat and low rain has left Oak Park's parkway trees thirsty for a drink. The village is asking for residents' help to keep parkway trees watered. Most at risk are the nearly 1,000 trees newly planted on parkways since 2010. Older trees are less likely to be affected by the summer's drought conditions.
To water a parkway tree, the village advises residents to leave a garden hose running at the base of the tree for 15 to 30 minutes once a week.
So far for the month of July Oak Park has only received 3.32 inches of rain, based on data from a local Weather Underground station. That comes on top of only receiving 1 inch of rain in June. In contrast, in July 2011 Oak Park received 8.26 inches of rain and 4.3 inches in June 2011.