It’s fully Spring now, even though our weather continues to play up-and-down tricks on us! Our Arbor Day celebration was fabulous, and we thank everyone who participated. I think your neighbors would all recommend that YOU join us next year. Our celebration had many highlights: The first was the announcement that we had been honored as a Tree City USA for the second year. Thanks to your support, we are improving the tree canopy of our city through new plantings and the maintenance of our older trees!
Second, we honored our Mayor and City Council as our 2017 Tree Heroes! Without their initiative and financial support, there would be no tree board, no tree plantings, no maintenance reimbursement, and no Tree City designation! Thank you for three years of great work!
Our main work of the day fell to our fabulous consulting arborist, Cindi Sullivan, who answered citizens’ questions. Highlights included reminders to keep up with issues affecting your particular trees—Emerald Ash disease, Maple borers, root problems, the need to prune, etc. Cindi also reminded us to cut away and treat appropriately ALL vines growing up trees. They are NEVER good for your tree, stealing nutrition and damaging your tree. Finally, she reminded us of her 3 x 3 x 3 rule of mulching trees. Spread three inches of mulch, three feet around relatively small trees, leaving three inches free around the trunk for the tree to breathe. Coning of mulch is very harmful to trees, as a recent article in the Courier Journal pointed out.
As we closed out our Arbor Day celebration, we drew a name for our annual ornamental tree giveaway. Lynn Amback of Lincoln Road won, and Cindi will be looking for a Japanese Maple for her!
Look for new trees sometime in May, and continue to send us your tree planting and maintenance requests.
Your Tree Board and City Arborist
Jane, Joe, Mary, and Cindi