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18
Mar

Chilly temperatures and several inches of snow did not hold back NMRWA staff and volunteers from a productive tree pruning workshop at Kelly Elementary School on Saturday March 7th. Volunteers from Bartlett Tree Expert’s McDonald office performed some much needed pruning on trees planted at Kelly School in 2012 and 2013.  These trees were planted as part of Rooted in Wilkinsburg:  500 Tree Initiative.

Volunteers were instructed in proper structural pruning which includes thinning for good branch spacing, low limb elevation and removing dead, damaged, or diseased branches.  Additionally, proper limb removal via the three-step cut and branch collar locating was discussed.  You can learn more about these tree pruning methods Cialis 20 mg order. Tools were provided and the team went to work.  An impressive 61 trees were pruned over the two hour session.  Coffee, hot cocoa and donuts were enjoyed in celebration of the volunteers’ efforts.

As these ‘Is diflucan over the counter in australia trees continue to age, as well as other newly planted trees in the watershed, more tree pruning maintenance will be needed.  If you are interested in volunteer events such as this, please consider participating in the Tree Tender Class on March 21, 2015 at the Upper Environmental Charter School. You can register for the class Canada generic drug prices.

31
Oct

Happy Halloween! In the past week and a half, with the help of volunteers, NMRWA has cared for 80 trees in the watershed, getting them ready for winter.

Last Thursday, October 23, NMRWA staff and volunteers began working to care for more than 60 trees around Turner Elementary and along Laketon Road in Wilkinsburg’s first ward. The 18 young trees located around the playground and in the school’s front lawn were weeded and mulched, and special care was taken to avoid burying tree root flares with mulch, a phenomenon called volcano mulching. Volcano mulching is, unfortunately, a common site in urban landscapes. Burying a tree’s root flare with mulch has the potential to introduce fungal infections to the trunk, encourage girdling roots, suffocate roots, and move water away from the root ball. All of these can be detrimental to a young trees establishment or long term health, so we are careful to instruct volunteers on proper mulching techniques.

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The next day, we worked with a group of Chatham University Environmental Studies students to continue weeding and mulching the trees along Laketon Road. The students worked assiduously to remove all weeds from each tree pit by pulling them out completely by the roots. Weeds have fine feeder roots that are close to the soil surface to grab water, minerals, and oxygen, as well as deeper roots that can extend into the same areas as tree roots, so removing weeds from the tree pits helps reduce the competition for valuable water and nutrients.Chatham students tree care Oct 24 2014

After finishing up on Laketon Road, on Tuesday, October 28, we worked with volunteers on Edgewood Avenue in Swissvale to remove weeds and add mulch to nearly 20 red maples that line the Busway. These trees are growing in a challenging area so yearly maintenance to improve the conditions for the trees is important. Mulching a tree’s root system helps control extreme soil temperatures, retain soil moisture, reduce soil compaction, and promotes root growth which is essential to establishment. As a general rule, we like to make sure mulch is maintained at a three to four inch layer.

Thank you to all our wonderful volunteers, and to the Wilkinsburg Department of Public Works for donating extra wheelbarrows for us to use at these events! Join us for our last tree event of 2014 next Saturday, November 8th when we’ll be planting trees in Swissvale!

28
Oct

This past Saturday morning, in partnership with the Can you get bupropion over the counter, NMRWA planted thirteen new street trees in Wilkinsburg and Regent Square.

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Volunteers plant a ginko tree in Regent Square.

Our wonderful volunteers enjoyed breakfast at the NMRWA office before the tree planting demonstration. Then they headed off to plant trees! The trees planted ranged in size from small understory trees, such as serviceberries which grow to about 20 feet tall, to a large London planetree, which can grow to 60 feet!

Even though these trees have now been successfully transplanted, their success is not guaranteed! Slowly trickling twenty gallons of water per week into the root ball during the growing season is important to the young tree’s establishment – the general rule is that it takes one year per inch trunk diameter for the tree to become established. If drought conditions exist, even more water per week may be necessary to ensure survival. For trees planted during the fall like these, one heavy watering after the leaves fall off is sufficient for winter preparation.

After all thirteen trees were planted, volunteers enjoyed lunch back at the NMRWA office. Thank you to WPC staff and all our volunteers for helping us introduce new stormwater stewards to the watershed!

26
Mar

If you drove down Penn Avenue in the Wilkinsburg business district last Saturday, you may have seen people in brightly colored vests working on the street trees. That’s because on Saturday, March 22, 2014 NMRWA joined forces with Deflamat gel rezeptfrei and watershed Atorvastatin uk price for our first pruning workshop in Wilkinsburg!

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Volunteers gather around to review basic tree pruning guidelines.
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Jake demonstrates a proper pruning cut.
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The first step of pruning is to look for the 3 D's - dead, damaged, or diseased branches.
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Pruning trees in the 900 block of Penn Avenue.

We were performing important maintenance on 27 of the 76 trees that were planted in 2012 along Penn Avenue in Wilkinsburg as a part of the Wilkinsburg TreeVitalize Project. Through our pruning efforts, we worked to remove damaged, diseased, and dead branches and enhance the trees’ natural forms, helping to ensure that they thrive in the urban environment and are able grow to their full potential.

As these trees continue to grow for decades to come, they will not only beautify and add needed public green space to the Wilkinsburg business district, but will also help reduce stormwater runoff and non-point source pollution entering Nine Mile Run. So, a big thank you to Jake Milofsky and Kevin Tang from Tree Pittsburgh for partnering with us for this workshop, and to all of the dedicated watershed Tree Tenders who volunteered their time on a windy Saturday morning. It’s because of you that these projects are ultimately a success!

 


If you are interested in helping to care for trees in the watershed this Spring, please visit our Buy strattera online australia page to see other tree care events that we have coming up!

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