Give Your Trees Some Love
Increasing and maintaining tree canopies in Montgomery County is a priority for residents and the Montgomery County Department of Environmental Protection (DEP). About 85% of Montgomery County’s tree canopy is on private residential or commercial property. Because of the importance of tree canopies in sustaining our communities, Conservation Montgomery and DEP have partnered to offer “Home Tree Care 101” workshops in neighborhoods throughout the county. Classes are held outdoors with hands-on demonstrations of tree trimming, mulching, and other tree house tips.
A long-term goal is to preserve the canopy of mature trees in Montgomery County by improving the maintenance of the largest trees, keeping these vital and beautiful workhorses of the environment.
How Does this Work?
A certified arborist will visit your community and walk with you and your neighbors. The arborist:
• Shows you how to plant and maintain new trees so that they thrive.
• Discusses native tree species and causes of disease.
• Demonstrates how to keep mature trees healthy so they live longer and so that the dangers of high winds are minimized.
• Provides you with an information packet summarizing what you’ve learned so you can plant and tend to your trees at home with confidence.
Home Tree Care classes are tailored to the interests of each neighborhood. Classes are held in the spring and fall on Saturdays between 10 a.m. and noon, but classes can last longer if residents desire. A fee of $20 per person is charged for the class. (Arborists typically more than $100 an hour for their services, making the Home Tree Care 101 class a cost-effective way to receive professional tree care advice.)
How Can My Neighborhood Enroll?
A homeowner first contacts neighbors to determine interest in a Home Tree Care 101 session. Once 15 or more people agree to participate in a class, fill out this short form to register your community. Conservation Montgomery will then contact you to schedule a workshop.