Adopt a Tree
'Care today for shade tomorrow'
The City of Charles Sturt has more than 45,000 street trees. Healthy trees provide significant environmental, aesthetic and economic benefits for your street and wider community. Trees contribute to the creation of valuable shade, reduce stormwater runoff and air temperatures and most importantly make your street lush and green.
Recently years of drought and ongoing water restrictions have effected our trees. The Adopt a Tree program encourages residents to care and assist in the establishment of street trees. Charles Sturt introduced the program to assist in the nurture of newly planted trees and to care for existing trees to create green and leafy streets for the future.
What is the Adopt a Tree Program?
The Adopt a Tree program is seeking assistance from the community to care for a street tree.
Adopters can care for a street tree by:
- Watering your street tree on a weekly basis
- Ensure no weeds grow around the base of the tree
- Observing your tree and report any issues
Each adopted street tree will be identified and registered. When you register, you will receive information about your street tree, a bucket for watering and a pair of gloves for weeding. Council will also provide you with support and advice about caring for your street tree.
Tree Care Frequently Asked Questions
What is the best way to water juvenile trees?
During the warmer and dryer months, juvenile trees require two or three buckets of water near their trunk on a weekly basis. Thorough soaking is encouraged to reduce the chance of the tree developing a shallow or surface root system. Maintaining the basin that was created around the base of the tree when it was planted will assist in achieving deep watering.
What is the best way to water established trees?
When a tree is established, their root system grows outwards and away from the trunk, this means you should water the tree around the "Drip line" at the edge of the canopy.
Can I use grey water around street trees?
The use of clean non-potable (non drinking) water from baths, showers and washing machines (using biodegradable detergent) will assist the trees. Applying non-potable water evenly and slowly will minimise water run-off into the street gutter.
Who do I call if I notice changes in my tree?
Please contact our Customer Service Centre on 8408 1111 and your concerns and refer it to an appropriate Council officer.
What are the current water restrictions?
As the water restrictions are amended at times on a seasonal basis, please contact SA Water Restrictions Hotline on 1800 130 952 or visit the SA Water website.
Registration is easy!
If you would like to participate in the Adopt a Tree program and would like to register to adopt the street tree in front of your home, please complete the registration form below.
For further information contact our customer service centre on 8408 1111.