Healthy Trees, Even in Drought

A collaborative effort advocating for healthy tree maintenance through drought in San Diego County.

Old Banyan tree in San Diego, California

Why Save Trees during Drought?

Trees are the most valuable part of landscaping and open spaces. Responsible water use under emergency drought regulations includes watering urban trees with sufficient water to keep them healthy.

  • Trees cool our buildings and homes, reduce health effects of urban heat, save energy, and lower water demands for other landscaping.

  • Trees clean the air, reduce erosion, retain stormwater, provide wildlife habitat, make streets more walkable, and invite neighborhood connections.

  • Trees are affordable and highly visible ways to increase climate resiliency and adhere to local Climate Action Plans.

In short, trees are the largest and most valued part of a landscape; they live the longest and provide much needed shade and cooling to increasingly hot cities. Trees take many years to mature and dead trees are dangerous and expensive to remove. Trees also use two-thirds less water than turf! Want to know more? Check out TreePeople's Benefits of Trees.

Landscape professionals need to take immediate steps to save trees and adhere to new water regulations. We offer guides for decision-making and watering trees in turf.

Business building with four trees in front of it

Trees are the most valuable part of your landscaping, are expensive to replace or remove, and increase traffic to businesses. Determine what steps you need to take to maintain healthy trees.

The trees in our public spaces are a critical part of our urban forest. This includes parks, city and county lands, schools, and medians.

Healthy trees are found in healthier neighborhoods. Shade trees cool your home and community. See how drought measures affect your residential or HOA property.