Principals, Head Master, Farmers, House owners and other beneficiaries of State of Osun free tree planting program, need to ensure intensive wetting of their ornamental trees, flowers and shrubs, during the ongoing dry season.
The State’s Special Adviser to Governor on Environment and Sanitation, Hon. Bola Ilori, gave this admonition in Osogbo, during a press interview.
According to him, although the teak, gmelina, ornamental flowers and crawlers distributed to the citizens have been scientifically raised in nurseries to ensure low mortality, it is still necessary for beneficiaries to wet the plants constantly to obtain the best results.
He added that the current intermittent cold in the face of sunny afternoon required careful digging of holes round the plants or along the beds to allow water to sink through.
The Governor’s aide disclosed that although ornamental trees and flowers need not be fertilized due to their ability to acquire nutrients directly from the sun, they need be provided with water before the sun rises in the morning and as from 6:30pm when the intensity of the sun goes down.
Hon. Ilori finally advised that horticulturists, fruit, economic and non-economic farmers and other categories of planters should clear or spot-hoe the hedges of their plantations during the dry season, to prevent external attack from animals or raging fire.