First Event in 2021 at Lake Herman Open Space

January 22, 2021

On January 21st, volunteers water 90 tree locations.

Over the past three winters, the Benicia Tree Foundation has planted native tree seeds (oaks and buckeyes) at 90 locations in the Lake Herman Open Space.   Mother Nature appears to be having a tough time with rainfall this season, so the Benicia Tree Foundation gave her a little help by watering these locations for its initial 3rd Thursday Tree Care Day of the new year.

The locations that sprout, which varies from year to year, are watered every six to eight weeks during the dry season, typically May to October.  A water tank is trucked out to the open space and each tree sapling is given two gallons of water.  After two to three years, they can survive on rainfall alone. 

This is the first year that we have watered during the rainy season.  It was a beautiful day to be out at Lake Herman, but we need more rain.  We may water again this winter if necessary.

Tree CAre Day at Lake Herman

The crew that watered 90 tree locations (Steve, Steve, Sindy and Braden) are picture behind an established Coast live oak at Lake Herman Open Space

 

Buckeye sapling

A Buckeye sapling planted last year at Lake Herman Open Space is pushing out new growth.  This native species is typically the first to leaf-out in the winter and the first to drop leaves in the summer.