Oak Park asks for residents' help to water parkway trees

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By Graham Johnston

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.

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paul from oak park  

Posted: July 29th, 2012 2:48 PM

I think this entire discussion will be moot when everyone here gets their new water bill. I got one of mine today with a 100% increase.


Posted: July 27th, 2012 11:29 PM

@Brian Slowiak, GOOD questions!! Nothing like wonderful, expensive and taxed up the butt Coke Park! Sorry, I am NOT watering trees. from, your old friend~

Manning Peterson  

Posted: July 27th, 2012 10:41 PM

What is wrong with you? Trees lower your cooling costs, add shade and beauty to your street, and support your home's resale value. I live on a block dramatically transformed by the loss of trees in the past few years due to storms and pests. There is a drought. The village didn't cause it, and they don't have the staff to go out and water every tree. And guess what? Replacing a tree is MUCH more expensive than watering it, so save us all some tax dollars and water your freaking trees!

Brian Slowiak from Oak Park  

Posted: July 27th, 2012 7:55 PM

Why wasnt the village watering the trees with the water that was flushed down the sewers and wasted when the fire hydrants were flushed?

Peter from Oak Park  

Posted: July 27th, 2012 7:06 PM

Speaking of the trees, if the Village of OP chopped down one of the trees in front of your residence, but has yet to replace it, to whom should one address a request to have that process expedited?

Lin M Mercer  

Posted: July 27th, 2012 5:17 PM

it's not the cost of the water for the trees that bothers me but the sewerage charge that is added to all water used- if you water a tree or flush a toilet you pay a sewerage charge- doesn't seem fair

R. O. from Oak Park  

Posted: July 27th, 2012 5:09 PM

Good neighbors partner with the village as stewards of the parkways. It's for the trees, our neighborhoods, our families and our homes. We love our trees and yes, in hard times we will help when the village needs it. Our arborist is a wonderful professional who loves each and every one of our trees. He frequently comes down our street to water the baby saplings just planted. Our trees are a gift to us. Paying high taxes does not mean we have no responsibilities, especially to nature. JMHO

I don't have to  

Posted: July 27th, 2012 12:01 PM

My neighbors are soooo nice! Their dogs water my tree. And fertilize it too!

WJ = Onion?  

Posted: July 26th, 2012 7:39 AM

is the WJ now the onion news paper? Well, ha ha...you almost had me. thanks for the morning laugh.

High Taxes, Dismal Services from OP  

Posted: July 26th, 2012 6:51 AM

Why not water? It's just another of the dozens of responsibilities that the Village should be doing with our tax dollars that they consistently fail to do. I've gotten used to the high taxes, but the incredibly low level of services in spite of my tax payments is what really irks me. Don't we have a village arborist who we pay a salary to protect the trees? Or is he the same guy that declared that the emerald ash borer won and we should abandon all hope?

Susan Ranft from Oak Park   

Posted: July 25th, 2012 7:59 PM

Quit whining and water the trees. You paid for them with your tax money. And they help keep you and your house cool.

The Perspective Police  

Posted: July 25th, 2012 12:14 PM

0.2 cents a gallon x say 100 gallons for a good soak = 20 cents a week. Ummm yeah, I can swing it. I've been watering the oak sapling in front of my house since I noticed the first few disturbing brown leaves back in June.


Posted: July 25th, 2012 11:19 AM

NOT if you got on your knees and BEGGED me to water. To hell with the trees! The Village can hire McAdam with their water trucks and pay THEM to water YOUR Village Trees! The nerve you have even asking us to care for YOUR wood!!~


Posted: July 25th, 2012 9:06 AM

Sorry, no can do. After Rahm raised rates 50% for communities pulling water from Lake Michigan, I have trouble saving the house plants. Plus, we have some worthless bean-pod tree that doesn't deserve to live. If it dies because of the drought my wife couldn't be happier. If the Village replaced it with an oak, elm, maple, or some other hardwood variety, then I probably would water that one.

Oakparkr from Oak Park  

Posted: July 23rd, 2012 11:03 PM

Has the Village considered giving a break on water bills for those that volunteer to water trees? You would probably get more residents interested. We don't have any trees in front of our place anymore, but if we did, I wouldn't volunteer to run up my already costly water/trash bill even higher, tho I'm a tree "hugger."

Vince from Oak Park  

Posted: July 23rd, 2012 3:26 PM

I have watered my parkway tree 3-4 times. I value it's shade ALOT. Particularly when it is so hot. Nighbors south of us lost theirs to dutch elm and they REALLY saw their air conditioning cost go up. I am not a tree hugger per say, but I may hug this one!

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