It’s the second Soak-It-Week of 2021!

Despite the cooler weather and light showers over the weekend, we still need to water our trees! It’s the second week of Trees for Life Oregon’s official Soak-It-Weeks (held the last week of every July and August).

Time to get those buckets out and fill them up!  Remember, young trees in Portland need 15 to 20 gallons of water once a week during their first 2 to 3 summers. To ensure more mature trees also survive and remain healthy, they should be watered at least monthly during summer. Buckets need to be refilled four to ten times to fully water a tree. 

If you received a bucket from one of our events, remember to face the label side towards the tree you are watering!

Use hashtag #bdsoakitweek to share your tree watering photos!

Want to make your own bucket? Skip to the 30 second mark on the video above to see how to do it!  Trees for Life recommends three holes, spaced about 6″ apart on one side of the bucket. Contact us for your free label so you always know which side should face the tree when watering.

This project made possible by:

Thank you to BDNA Land Use Committee volunteers Kim Hill and Loralie Cole, Jim Gersbach and Kyna Rubin from Trees for Life Oregon, and Ana Meza from ROSE Community Development Lents Youth Initiative for making Brentwood-Darlington Soak-It-Week possible!

It’s the first day of Soak-It-Week 2021!

Trees for Life Oregon has declared the last week of every July and the last week of every August to be Soak-It-Weeks, a time for all Portlanders to deeply water their yard and street trees to help ensure their survival in our increasingly dry and hot summers. 

Time to get those buckets out and fill them up!  Remember, young trees in Portland need 15 to 20 gallons of water once a week during their first 2 to 3 summers. To ensure more mature trees also survive and remain healthy, they should be watered at least monthly during summer. Buckets need to be refilled four to ten times to fully water a tree. 

If you received a bucket from one of our events, remember to face the label side towards the tree you are watering!

Use hashtag #bdsoakitweek to share your tree watering photos!

Still need a bucket? We have just a few available!  Contact us for your free bucket!

Want to make your own? Skip to the 30 second mark on the video above to see how to do it!  Trees for Life recommends three holes, spaced about 6″ apart on one side of the bucket. Contact us for your free label so you always know which side should face the tree when watering.

This project made possible by:

Thank you to BDNA Land Use Committee volunteers Kim Hill and Loralie Cole, Jim Gersbach and Kyna Rubin from Trees for Life Oregon, and Ana Meza from ROSE Community Development Lents Youth Initiative for making Brentwood-Darlington Soak-It-Week possible!

Soak-It-Week Bucket Distribution a Success!

BDNA hosted two great events to distribute buckets for Soak-It-Week!

Thanks to BDNA Board members Loralie, Stephenie, and Chelsea, community member Kim, Lents Youth Initiative intern Esme, and Jim from Trees for Life Oregon for working these events! Collectively, BDNA has given away over 100 buckets so far! Check out pictures from the events below.

Click here to learn more about Brentwood-Darlington Soak-It-Week

Soak-It-Week Second Bucket Distribution TODAY!

Our second Soak-It-Week bucket giveaway is happening TODAY Saturday, June 19th, 10:00AM-12PM! 

Pre-drilled buckets are here and ready to water your trees!  We’re so excited to see you at Brentwood Darlington Community Center (7211 SE 62nd) to pick up your free buckets! Can’t make it this weekend? Don’t worry! Send us a message and we’ll make sure you get your buckets.

Click here to learn more about Brentwood-Darlington Soak-It-Week

Soak-It-Week First Bucket Distribution this Saturday!

Our first Soak-It-Week bucket giveaway is happening this Saturday, June 12th, 10:00AM-12PM! 

Pre-drilled buckets are here and ready for labeling!  We’re so excited to see you at Brentwood Darlington Community Center (7211 SE 62nd) to pick up your free buckets! Can’t make it this weekend? Don’t worry! We’ll be distributing buckets again at the same place and time on June 19th.

Click here to learn more about Brentwood-Darlington Soak-It-Week

Johnson Creek Watershed Council’s 20th Annual Watershed Wide Volunteer Restoration Event

From Johnson Creek Watershed Council:

Join us for Johnson Creek Watershed Council’s largest restoration event!

Together we will restore habitat and water quality at TEN work party events throughout Johnson Creek Watershed! Take part in the action to help build a healthier watershed for your human and animal neighbors by planting native trees, mulching and removing invasive species! And we’re doing all of this… wearing COSTUMES! That’s right – we’re going big this year and we can’t wait to see the crazy, wild outfits you’ll be wearing. So, here are the details…

What: Plant, dig, mulch, weed, and look fabulous

When: Saturday, March 3rd 2018, 8:45am -12pm

Where: 10 locations across the watershed

Why: To build a healthier watershed by planting native trees, fighting invasive species, and connecting people to their environment

This is a family-friendly event. Everyone and all experience levels are welcome. Bring a team of coworkers, friends, or family members. We will provide tools, snacks, and FUN! Thank you Pizza Parties and Costume Contests in 2 locations (12:30-1:30.)

Register Here

Leach Botanical Garden Tree Walk Crowdfunding Campaign

For decades Leach Botanical Garden has been an enchanting refuge in East Portland – and now they are about to take bold steps toward becoming a garden for everyone, both in East Portland and around the region. The centerpiece will be a tree walk – 30 feet off the ground – giving visitors of all ages and abilities the chance to experience a truly unique urban garden and forest.

Find out more about this great project on their site!

Tree History in Lents

Join Portland historian Dave Hedberg and the Lents & Brentwood-Darlington Tree Team to learn about the trees in your community and how history has shaped our urban forest. Using trees as historical anchors, we’ll explore the history of Lents and how trees are inextricably intertwined with the neighborhood. Understanding and valuing trees historically leaves us better equipped to make future decisions and avoid unexpected consequences inherited from our past.  Click here to register or visit their event on Facebook.

Workshop: Selecting the Right Tree

Join Julie Fukuda with Urban Forestry as she showcases species that perform well in our region. Flowers, fall color, diversity, and fruits and nuts for wildlife are just a few characteristics that will be covered at this FREE workshop!  Hosted at Zenger Farm, Saturday, December 17th from 9:00-11:00AM.  For more information, visit the Facebook event here.