Give your trees some TLC
Mature trees have been called the “work horses of the environment.” They provide cooling shade, filter air and water pollution, provide psychological benefits and increase property value. Increasing and sustaining tree canopy in Montgomery County is a priority for residents and for the Montgomery County Department of Environmental Protection (DEP). About 85% of the Montgomery County tree canopy is on private residential or commercial property. Because of the importance of tree canopy in sustaining our communities, Conservation Montgomery and DEP have partnered to offer “Home Tree Care 101” (HTC101) workshops in county neighborhoods. Classes are held outdoors with hands-on demonstrations of tree pruning, mulching and other tips on home tree. A long-term goal is to preserve mature tree canopy in Montgomery County by improving maintenance of larger trees – keeping these work horses vital and beautiful.
How does this work?
In the spring or fall, a certified arborist will visit your community and walk around with you and your neighbors. The arborist will demonstrate and discuss how to keep mature trees healthy. With proper care, the life span of mature trees can be extended and hazards presented by neglected trees during high winds can be minimized. HTC101 covers the “right tree, right place” concept of planting under/around overhead utility wires with appropriately sized native trees that will not interfere with utility service. We discuss native tree species and some of the causes for disease or damage to mature trees that can lead to the tree’s decline. Our arborist also shows residents how to plant and maintain new trees so that trees will thrive in their new setting. Classes are tailored to meet the interests and needs of each community enrolled for an HTC 101. Participants are provided with a packet of information that will summarize what they learn and serve as a reference for home tree care. HTC 101 workshops are held on Saturdays between 10 a.m. and noon. Classes can go longer if residents are interested in hearing more at the end of two hours. A fee of $20 per person goes toward the Conservation Montgomery tree canopy fund. Most arborists charge upwards of $100 an hour for their services, so HTC 101 is a cost-effective way to get professional advice on tree care
How can my neighborhood sign up for Home Tree Care 101?
A home owner communicates first with his or her neighbors to determine interest in an HTC 101 session and then contacts Conservation Montgomery. We ask that there be a 15-person minimum per class. You can click here to fill out a short form to register your community. You will be contacted by Conservation Montgomery about scheduling a workshop.