Right after the Courier-Journal article on St. Regis Park’s new tree board, a citizen who has been active in our community for many years called me to confirm that, as a board, we were going to be concerned with the health and safety of existing trees, as well as planting new ones. I reassured him that we were, and I was struck by a comment he made about people who moved into St. Regis in the early years, the 50s and 60s. “You know,” he said, “we didn’t think about what kind of trees we were putting in, where we were planting them, or how big they got. We just wanted shade because we didn’t have air-conditioning!”
Wanting shade is still a perfectly good motivation for planting trees, and it is also an excellent reason for caring for our trees so that they look good and stay put! When our new arborist is hired, he or she can fill us in on why, when, and how to fertilize, prune, and otherwise care for our trees. Meanwhile, here are some excellent websites for finding out more about caring for mature trees.
The Arbor Day Foundation is an amazing resource for learning everything you need to know about trees: how, when, and where to plant, mulch, and fertilize; how to select a tree; they even sell small trees to support their work.
Trees are Good is an “educational website providing homeowners and other tree owners with reliable information regarding the benefits of trees and how to properly care for trees in an urban environment.”
And finally, just for fun, check out this inspiriting blog about trees and their value to our world!
http://wildsuburbia.blogspot. com/2012/03/tree-care-part-3- caring-for-mature.html
Thanks for caring for and about your trees!
The St. Regis Park Tree Board