Do I need to stop watering my trees?

After several critically dry years and another dry year forecasted, it is important to conserve now to save water for the future. However, it is important to care for trees so that they survive through the drought due to the multiple benefits they provide communities, such as improved air quality.

Customers should reduce outdoor water use by limiting irrigation for lawn and other ornamental vegetation but prioritizing water for trees. Watering trees gradually but deeply will ensure they survive. Trees are best watered by hand or using a bubbler or drip irrigation system, and should be on a separate valve than the surrounding vegetation, especially if planted in a lawn area. The frequency and amount of water needed will depend on whether the tree is young and needs to be established or if it is mature, and whether it is a low, medium, or high water use species. Please add a layer of mulch around the root zone of the tree carefully avoiding the base of the trunk to lower soil temperatures and reduce the amount of water that evaporates. 

 Resources with specific tips on how to care for and water your tree efficiently:

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1. I have noticed water waste occurring in my neighborhood, at work, etc. How do I report it?
2. Do I need to stop watering my trees?
3. Does ACWD have water use restrictions due to the drought?
4. Does ACWD have enough water?
5. Is drought a result of climate change?
6. I am interested in water conservation. What rebates does ACWD offer residential and commercial customers?
7. Do I need to let my lawn dry out?
8. I want to put in a new lawn; if I do, will there be restrictions on how much I can water it?
9. Why doesn't your lawn removal rebate program cover artificial turf or concrete if replacing my lawn with these saves water?
10. What is ACWD doing to reduce its water use?
11. I’m already saving water. What more can I do to conserve?
12. Why is new development and construction allowed during drought?
13. Are there any restrictions for draining and filling my pool?
14. Does the State of California offer a lawn removal rebate program I can participate in?
15. Why are some fire hydrants open with water discharging?
16. Why doesn't ACWD recapture the water discharged from fire hydrants in the Main Cleaning Program?
17. Will you be raising your $2/square foot rebate amount for your lawn removal program?
18. Will the District raise rates because of the drought?
19. With drought and fire season approaching, do you offer rebates for removal of other types of landscape, like trees?