Monday, March 7, 2016

Plant less, succeed more

"I love a sunburnt country,
A land of sweeping plains,
Of ragged mountain ranges,
Of droughts and not much rain."

(Apologies to Dorothea McKellar)

Reality No.1     Residents don't water street trees

Reality No.2     A young street tree needs a minimum of two waterings a week

Reality No.3     Councils don't water their trees twice a week

Reality No.4     Most young street trees will die from lack of water


Logically, there are two possibilities:

1. Double your watering budget

2. Plant fewer trees

Given that Option 1 is unlikely to happen any time soon, my suggestion is go for Option 2:

Only plant the number of trees you can water twice a week*

It's actually the quicker way home in the long run.

Plus you lose less skin.


* if the residents do water them, consider that just a bonus 


  1. Quality of stock and planting method / timing also come into the mix. Exhume dead street trees and often you will find it is not just lack of maintenance to blame for their demise.

    1. True - but I'd still give "lack of water" the blue ribbon.