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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 or contact us via email.

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.
Tree tips

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.