After the spring tree planting season, Greenlinks was busy with tree care events to remove weeds and add mulch to young trees in Wilkinsburg this summer. To prepare for the opening of Wilkinsburg Thursday Open Market, volunteers worked to touch up the 18 trees planted in the Borough parking lot along Ross Avenue in June. As part of our lead up to the Summer Storm, event sponsor Sweetwater Brewing Company gave out free pints to volunteers as part of their “tap takeover” at D’s Six Pax and Dogz. It was hard work that was well rewarded.
On July 21, we worked with Wilkinsburg Youth Project’s Garden Team to clean up the weeds for the 50+ trees on or around Turner Elementary campus. These kids spent a long day steadily moving from one tree to the next without losing any momentum. We really enjoyed working with the kids and were proud of their top-notch work!
Finally, we welcomed 26 volunteers who were part of the Office of PittServes student orientation service day. The volunteers helped remove weeds, and add mulch to around 30 older honeylocust trees along Wood Street between Franklin Ave and Wallace Ave. Many hands made the work go quick. We even had time to visit other tree pits in the area before students had to go back to campus.
Removing weeds and adding mulch is important; especially during periods of drought (like what we experiencing right now in the watershed). Diligently removing weeds by the roots removes competition for water resources. Adding mulch helps retain soil moisture.
Do you have trees showing early autumn color? Consider giving them a drink of water once a week during the month of September water by slowly releasing water within their root zone (1 gallon/ 1inch diameter of trunk). If you are also applying mulch, please no volcano mulching!