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RE: RE: Watering trees during the establishment phase

Subject: RE: RE: Watering trees during the establishment phase
From: oldoaktree@xxxxxxxxx.net
Date: Feb 14 2020 21:39:27
Ben,

I applaud what you are doing. Without really adding anything to the 
discussion, I'd say you need to find a fine line between tree species, size, 
water demand, soil and environment and produce an easy to follow guide.

It's all about catching the majority of people involved in tree planting, not 
the extremes on either side who will (probably rightly) pick fault or be 
totally indifferent and try to do the least possible.

Any advice/standards/recommendations see wildly differing interpretations but 
any advice/standards/recommendations tend to see things causing a general 
overall improvement despite the odd glaring horrors.

Look at how BS3998 has come on as understanding has increased. It would not 
have, to such a degree, should the first version not have been envisaged.

Not saying you need to look at a new British Standard, but if you create a 
really useful and easy to work with guide, then it should be incorporated 
into further revisions of BS8545 for certain.

Best regards

Dave



-----Original Message-----
From: uktc-request@xxxxxx.tree-care.info <uktc-request@xxxxxx.tree-care.info> 
On Behalf Of Ben Rose
Sent: 14 February 2020 07:36
To: UK Tree Care <uktc@xxxxxx.tree-care.info>
Subject: Re: RE: Watering trees during the establishment phase

Hi Jon,

I disagree with what you are saying. If we as arboriculturists can't explain 
what the trees need how can we expect landscape architects to write decent 
specifications?

A problem shouldn't be ignored just because it's complex - that's head in the 
sand behaviour!

Best regards,

Ben


Sent: Tuesday, February 11, 2020 at 10:15 AM
From: "Jon Heuch" <jh@xxxxxxxx.co.uk>
To: "UK Tree Care" <uktc@xxxxxx.tree-care.info>
Subject: RE: Watering trees during the establishment phase

I am afraid that attempting to define how much water a tree needs in 
writing is prone to problems when the text is to cover all 
eventualities, including idiots who may read the instructions and apply 
them to the letter.



This story does have some relevance, so persevere:



I remember a tale told of me in a live forest fire situation; the fire 
needed to be put out ASAP, so the radio  message went out "Send the 
bowser to location X ASAP, emergency". The two staff members got into 
the bowser and drove it like crazy to the fire. Great! Problem solved. 
Now put the fire out! The hose was extended, the pump turned on, and a 
drizzle of water came out of the hose for a few minutes. No water in 
the bowser! No one had told them to fill the bowser with water. However, 
the instructions were followed!



So, in a fire season, resources are deployed according the severity of 
conditions. Typically a fire index is calculated based on temperature, 
wind, relative humidity and previous rainfall. A high index means 
every body is on high alert; a low index means that everyone can stay in 
bed.



Watering trees has a similar feel. It's raining and has been raining 
for the last week. You probably don't need to spend much time watering 
your newly planted trees. If it's been 30 degrees C every day for the 
last week, and the last time it rained was a month ago, you are 
probably going to spend more time watering. You can make it simple - 
just water during summer months & you may get waste & complacency 
(operators can cheat, get paid for doing nothing); or you could be a 
bit more sophisticated and base your watering regime on recent weather. 
MORECS might do the trick but the data costs.



Jon






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