Weather impacting Elgin trees, city parks
From Staff Reports June 13, 2012 10:16PM
Updated: July 15, 2012 3:26PM
ELGIN — The warm, dry weather is impacting parks and trees in the city in several ways, according to Jim Bell, Elgin parks superintendent:
New trees planted this past spring and fall must be watered on a weekly basis.
“Not the norm for this time of the year. The emerald ash borer-infested trees are showing a lot more stress this year. The infestation has been damaging the trees, and now the lack of water is also stressing the ash trees,” Bell said.
All seeding and planting has been curtailed at sites without irrigation systems.
Weed control is harder because the weeds do not absorb the solution when they are dormant. The weeds go dormant with the heat and dry weather.
The sports fields that have material infields (Sports Complex softball fields) “are extremely dusty,” he said. “Extra water is being used for dust control for the weeknight and weekend tournaments that are held on these sites.
“Additional irrigation cycles are programmed for the sports turf areas to make sure the ground does not become as hard as concrete and keeps the players safer. Water costs are projected to be higher than last year.”
But he added, “The good news is that more people are going to the parks with the dry weather we have been having. Heavy visitations have been seen at both Lords and Wing Park. The neighborhood parks are also having increased use of the tennis courts and basketball facilities.”
Bell noted there also have been fewer rainouts for ball games, special events and the other sport tournaments.
“It is always tough when a tournament gets rained out and people have traveled from out of town to participate. So far, the dry weather has helped in this area,” he said.