Adopt a Tree
Improve your city and the environment by adopting a tree
City of Marion residents can help protect old and new plants across the city by registering to Adopt a Tree.
People who register will receive a free watering bucket and detailed tree care instructions.
Healthy street trees can provide habitat for birds, reduce storm water run off and purify the air we breathe.
Watering a tree outside your home once or twice a week will help preserve one of the city's most important natural resources.
How to register your new street tree
To register for Adopt a Tree, call the City of Marion on 8375 6600 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
What are the benefits of street trees?
Healthy street trees can:
- Provide habitat for birds and other wildlife.
- Reduce storm water run off and erosion.
- Make the city more beautiful.
- Purify the air we breathe.
- There's no need to water if rainfall is more than 25mm in a week.
- Only carry as much water as you can comfortably manage.
- Don't disturb the soil surface extensively under the tree canopy as this will damage tree roots.
- Spreading mulch under the canopy will help retain soil moisture.
- Don't park vehicles under trees as this compacts the soil and reduces water infiltration.
Should I use tap water?
Water is an important resource, so where possible, use non-potable (non drinking) water from the bath, shower, sink or washing mahcine rinse cycle.
How much does a tree need?
One to two buckets of water each week.
What about water restrictions?
Watering public trees is voluntary and must be conducted within water restrictions.
How can I help young trees?
- Pour two to three buckets of non-potable water around the base each week.
- Maintain a water holding basin around the tree with soil 10-15cm high around the drip line to contain water.
- Break up compacted surface soil with a fork around the base of the tree. This helps water soak deep into the soil.
How can I help older trees?
- Apply non-potable water slowly and evenly on the ground around the tree to reduce run-off.
- Pour the water in the area beneath the tree canopy.