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Trees Make a Better World


Webinar I: The Benefits of Trees
Thursday, April 22 from 12:30 - 1:30pm

Trees enhance our environment by reducing pollution, providing oxygen, and increasing the physical and psychological well-being of people.  Trees also save energy, help capture water and provide habitat for animals, insects and soil microbes that help keep carbon from our air.  We can enhance the services trees provide by planting more trees. Before you can plant a tree, you have to choose one. This involves understanding tree morphology - what forms and shapes are available - and how tree genetics regulates development. Once the choice is made, selecting a well grown tree that will perform as expected is very important.  Size, condition, freedom of disease and defect are critical selection parameters.  Inspecting trees in the nursery requires careful observation and you need to have a check list of what you are looking for. 

Webinar II: Planting Trees
Thursday, April 29 from 12:30 - 1:30pm

Trees often fail to thrive because they are improperly planted.  The first phase of planting is to analyze the planting site: space to grow, soil, water, and sunlight.  The site should be suited to the tree selected.  Once the planting location is identified, planting can begin.  Root washing!  We will discuss timing of planting, how to make the planting pit, the role of organic materials, what goes in the backfill, fertilizer, mulch, and watering devices. 

Webinar III: Pruning Trees
Thursday, May 6 from 12:30 - 1:30pm

Trees often require pruning from the day they are planted into old age. While there are many reasons to prune trees, not all are effective or helpful.  Pruning requires knowledge of trees, their physiology and growth, and responses to bud removal.  Pruning should be frequent but strategic.  For those that do not want to prune trees they will need to hire a tree pruning contractor (Arborist and tree worker).  Selecting a qualified tree pruning contractor can be daunting.  By understanding the basics, you can tell if your contractor is doing good work.

Webinar IV: Caring for Trees 
Thursday, May 13 from 12:30 - 1:30pm

Once your new shade tree is selected planted and had its first pruning the    work for its survival is just beginning.  Trees need water, nutrients, oxygen (near their root systems), and sunlight to grow well.  Tree horticulture requires an understanding of a tree’s growing needs. 

Webinar V: Managing Tree Pests and Diseases
Thursday, May 20 from 12:30 - 1:30pm 

Trees like all plants are at times susceptible to insect and plant pathogen pests.  New pests are arriving with increasing frequency. These can be dangerous to both native and ornamental shade trees.  The first step in fighting tree pests is recognizing their damage and the signs and symptoms associated with their presence. Once identified, a control program can be developed to reduce the impact of tree pest on tree performance.                                           

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