Species Selection- Part IV: Life After Planting

September 2, 2010
1:00 – 2:00pm EDT
National Webcast
Once you’ve put a tree in the ground, the heavy lifting of ensuring its long-term health is only just beginning. Proper planting, mulching, and watering are essential and sometimes overlooked. From diseases to pests to human-caused harm, there are many dangers that may cause the demise of a tree. Trees in cities must endure poor soil, little growth space, pollution, and other threats from their urban setting. It is necessary to give urban trees special care, not only for their survival and well-being but also to protect people and property from the hazards trees can become when abandoned to a hostile environment. After all, we all much prefer trees that shade homes, landscape streets, and flower in the spring than fallen limbs, barren landscapes, and empty tree pits.

Downloadable Resource List coming soon.
Greg Paige, Arboretum Curator, Bartlett Tree Research Laboratory Arboretum (Charlotte, NC)
Situated on a rolling 350 acres of property in Charlotte, North Carolina, the Bartlett Tree Research Laboratories is home to an incredible and diverse arboretum. This unique collection of plants serves as a research grounds and outdoor classroom. Arboretum Curator, Greg Paige, has a long and diverse career working in public horticulture for over 20 years, including time at multiple arboreta, botanical gardens, and nursery and landscaping businesses.
Jim Woodworth, Director of Tree Planting, Casey Trees (Washington, DC)
Casey Trees plants trees, engages thousands of volunteers of all ages in tree planting and care, and works with elected officials, developers, and community groups to protect and care for existing trees and to encourage them to add new ones. In the summer months, Casey Trees’ Tree Care teams water, weed, and mulch young trees throughout the city. After tree planting projects, Casey Trees works with project organizers long after the trees go into the ground to provide guidance for the trees’ future health.
Webcast attendees will learn about:
* Next steps after planting to prevent tree failure.
* Proper mulching, watering, and maintenance methods and timetables.
* Utilizing volunteers to provide tree care.
* Protecting against urban threats to tree health.
* Selecting hearty trees that can withstand urban environmental stresses.
About the Webcast Series
The Webcast Series is the Alliance for Community Trees’ bimonthly webcast series held at the lunch hour and made possible through support from The Home Depot Foundation and USDA Forest Service. The goal is to create informal training opportunities for local urban and community forestry organizations. The content is geared to mainly serve the needs of volunteer organizations and community groups, although webcasts are open to all.
The trainings leverage local successes by amplifying to a larger audience the model organizations’ methods, materials, and approaches. Sessions are planned to last no more than one hour, with two presenters speaking on the same topic from slightly different perspectives, each for 10-15 minutes, followed by 10-15 minutes of questions and answers.