By Kathy Chouteau
Richmond Trees is reminding Richmond residents to water their recently planted trees during the shelter-in-place order. The call for tree care was sent out via the nonprofit’s recent Leaflet newsletter and included a suggestion for people to water their young trees weekly.
“Normally, we tell people to water during the dry summer months, but we did not have much rain this winter,” the organization stated in its Leaflet. “So it’s best to keep an eye on the weather reports, and we are heading into some warm days! If Mother Nature is not providing our trees with a weekly watering, we need to do it for her.”
The organization—a project of the Earth Island Institute that’s focused on planting and caring for trees throughout Richmond—has postponed all of its activities during the COVID-19 shelter-in-place. While it has completed its planting season for 2019-2020, it emphasized that its “Monthly Tree Care” is typically a year-round activity that’s had to be put on hold for the time being—making weekly watering ever-more important.
Richmond Trees encourages anyone with questions about watering trees to contact them at [email protected] or watch a short video on about how to water your tree.
Also in its latest Leaflet, Richmond Trees noted its annual “Run for the Trees” fundraising event at Brazen Racing’s Nitro Trail at Point Pinole Regional Park is tentatively set for Sat., May 16, 2020. The organization is currently determining whether or not it will take place due to “uncertainty around the COVID-19 situation.”
Anyone interested in running the race—if it indeed happens—can contact Richmond Trees at the aforementioned email address. For more info about Richmond Trees, click here.