Perhaps you’ve noticed the shriveled brown leaves on the sidewalks as you’ve walked through your neighborhood. This is not normal for autumn. Normally, the leaves begin to turn color around this time of year and they fall off.
However, the rainfall in Chicago has been below normal for August and September. This, combined with the record-breaking heat we have had in the last weeks has seriously stressed our trees, especially trees in the parkways.
So do your parkway tree (and any trees you may have on your property) a good turn and give them a nice long drink. Since most parkway soil is very compacted, a slow trickle for an hour or so at the base of the tree from your garden hose will be best. That way, the water can penetrate the soil and not just run off into the street.
Your trees will thank you!