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Tree Stewardship and Maintenance

The University Heights Community Laboratory and University Heights Tool Library have come up with a way to help improve/strengthen the city’s tree canopy. The groups have enlisted Community Tree Stewards to teach people how to properly prune their trees. 

So often, we are left to our own devices when it comes to maintaining our urban trees, which is unfortunate because these trees need to be pruned and maintained in certain ways in order for them to flourish.

Have you ever traveled down a street with an amazing tree canopy? If so, then you know how impressive it is to see the trees in such a healthy state.

Not only do the trees look beautiful, as they extend out over the street, they also offer residents shade from the hot summer sun and protection from the rain. A healthy tree canopy is a huge benefit to the neighborhood – properly maintained trees even raise property values!

The city needs more “CommuniTree Stewards”. Now is the time to do your part, to spruce up your neighborhood. A lot more goes into maintaining trees than simply planting and watering. 

Tree stewardship sessions are being offered on:

Saturday, July 22, 2017 | 10am – 12pm | Facebook

Saturday, August 5, 2017 | 10am – 12pm | Facebook

5 West Northrup Place | Buffalo, NY

Lead photo: Douglas Levere

Written by queenseyes


Newell Nussbaumer is 'queenseyes' - Eyes of the Queen City and Founder of Buffalo Rising. Co-founder Elmwood Avenue Festival of the Arts. Co-founder Powder Keg Festival that built the world's largest ice maze (Guinness Book of World Records). Instigator behind Emerald Beach at the Erie Basin Marina. Co-created Flurrious! winter festival. Co-creator of Rusty Chain Beer. Instigator behind Saturday Artisan Market (SAM) at Canalside. Founder of The Peddler retro and vintage market. Instigator behind Liberty Hound @ Canalside. Throws The Witches Ball at The Hotel @ The Lafayette, and the Madd Tiki Winter Luau. Other projects: Navigetter.

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  • Johnny Pizza

    “A lot more goes into maintaining trees than simply planting and watering.”
    Good point, how did the estimated 3 trillion trees survive for the estimated 370 million years they’ve been around without us humans routinely pruning and trimming them?

    • bufforward

      Modern agriculture, talk about a waste, right? Seriously though, I’m guessing your yard looks like sh#t..

      • Johnny Pizza

        LOL. Modern agriculture aka I dump a bag or two of chemicals on my lawn and plant the wrong plants in the wrong places thus requiring constant pruning and watering.

        Plants did just fine for the hundreds of millions of years before our existence, I’m sure they’d continue to do just fine without us.

        • 300miles

          Oh yes. A straight row of trees just grow naturally on their own along city streets without any planting, watering, or pruning necessary to keep them healthy and out of the way of sidewalks, sewers, or traffic. I don’t know why we bother when mother nature just does it all for us. Evolution has really come a long way when it comes to urban infrastructure!

  • Jeff Brown

    I wonder if the folks who come by every couple of years to hack the hell out of our trees could learn something here.

    I get that these trees stand right underneath utility poles. But man, have they ever mangled the two in front of my place.

  • NorthBuf