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  • Links | Library | MillionTreesNYC Stewardship Corps Adopt-a-Tree
    the weed to grow back Use trowels or weeders to dig out stubborn roots Put the plant and its roots into a garbage bag or compost it Dispose of trash properly Do not use a weed whacker or lawn mower next to a tree They can damage the bark and weaken a tree Reduce herbicide use near a tree and in surrounding lawn When weeding be on the lookout for

    Original URL path: http://stewardship.nycparks.org/library/weeding.php (2016-05-02)
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  • Soil Management | Library | MillionTreesNYC Stewardship Corps Adopt-a-Tree
    carefully loosen the top 2 3 inches of soil to alleviate compaction and allow water and air to reach the roots Make a ring of mulch around the tree 3 inches deep and as wide as the tree s canopy Mulch keeps the water from evaporating quickly reduces soil compaction and improves the soil as the mulch breaks down It also keeps the soil cooler in summer and warmer in winter Do not pile the mulch against the trunk of the tree water will accumulate and rot the trunk Replenish the mulch at least twice a year in the spring and fall The soil level around a tree should not be changed from the soil level at which it was planted Adding soil even a few inches can smother roots and rot a tree s trunk Digging soil out can damage shallow roots Keep dogs and dog waste both liquid and solid away from the tree The waste will overwhelm a tree burning its trunk and throwing soil nutrients out of balance Keep garbage and de icing salt out of the tree pit Try alternatives to rock salt sodium chloride such as calcium chloride granular urea sand or sawdust In the spring flush the tree pit with water to dilute winter salt buildup For a street tree consider installing tree pit guards Strong metal or wooden guards around the edge of the pit protect the soil by discouraging pedestrians and dogs from walking through the pit Do not place tree guards close to the tree Do not build solid walls these encourage people to add soil to the tree pit see above guideline We do not recommend tree grates metal grating that sits flush with the sidewalk since trash accumulates beneath the grates and trees that outgrow a grate can

    Original URL path: http://stewardship.nycparks.org/library/soil.php (2016-05-02)
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  • Flowers and Landscaping | Library | MillionTreesNYC Stewardship Corps Adopt-a-Tree
    drought tolerant and xeric conditions Use small plants and bulbs large plants require large planting holes which damage tree roots In addition plants with large root systems compete with the tree for water and nutrients Mulch is always good for your tree and plants Mulch keeps the soil moist and prevents weeds from sprouting in tree pits After planting put mulch between the plants In a street tree pit never plant bamboo ivy vines woody shrubs or evergreens They are all major competitors for water and nutrients and can stunt or kill a tree Greenstreets are individually crafted by our landscape designers and maintained by our gardeners so please do not add extra plantings to them Bulbs Bulbs are a nice addition to Greenstreets and tree pits and are great for fall planting activities Many bulbs will return each spring bringing color to your neighborhood They are both affordable and easy to plant Crocus Chinodoxia Daffodil Winter Aconite Eranthis hyemalis Snow Drops Galanthus nivalis Spanish Bluebells Hyacinthoides hispanica Best in shade Lily of the Valley Convallaria magilis Grape Hyacinth Muscari Tulips tulipia Plants for the Sun Good for newly planted trees Annuals Plants that live only one year Sweet Alyssum Mat forming small yellow or white flowers Dusty Miller Senecio cinerara Beautiful snow white and shiny silver color Licorice Plant Helichrysum Marigold Nasturtium Portulaca Rock Rose Moss Rose Good drought tolerant plant Verbena Geranium An old standby that requires little water Scented Geranium For leaf form color and small flowers Salvia Snapdragon Heliotrope Beautiful scent Cosmos Dwarf height 24 Ageratum Low growing with small purple flowers Blue Marguerite Daisy Lantana A variety of unique flowers New Guinea Impatiens Perennials Plants that live for more than one year Ox eye Daisy chrysanthnum leucanthemum Beautiful white flowers Bugleweed Ajuga reptans Snow in

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  • Tree Care and Pruning | Library | MillionTreesNYC Stewardship Corps Adopt-a-Tree
    not supply tree guards residents can install them using a few simple guidelines Any tree guard installed around a city tree must have a permit Permits can be downloaded using the Forestry Permit Application Approved tree guards should be approximately 18 inches tall with no sharp points Tree guards must be installed along the edges of the tree bed Solid walls are not permissible Water must be able to flow into the tree bed The soil level within the tree pit must NOT be raised Adding additional soil can contribute to tree rot and decay Tree Guards should be three sided with the side facing traffic open to prevent damage from vehicles The NYC Tree Trust accepts donations to fund the installation of decorative tree guards Please see our Tree Guard Donation Table PDF for a list of designs and associated costs For more information and to find out how to donate towards the NYC Tree Trust please contact MillionTreesNYC at info milliontreesnyc org Additional Resources Tree steward Tom Mazzone has provided comprehensive instructions for designing a low cost tree guard as well you can see a finished version in the image to the right Please see Mazzone Tree Guard

    Original URL path: http://stewardship.nycparks.org/library/tree_guard.php (2016-05-02)
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  • Managing Waste and Litter | Library | MillionTreesNYC Stewardship Corps Adopt-a-Tree
    pits Guidelines Keep dogs and dog waste both liquid and solid away from the tree The waste will overwhelm a tree burning its trunk and throwing soil nutrients out of balance Encourage dog owners to clean up any droppings within the tree bed The City requires property owners to clean up animal waste on their property and adjoining sidewalks and gutters even if they do not own the pet stray or wild animal making the waste Keep garbage and de icing salt out of the tree pit Try alternatives to rock salt sodium chloride such as calcium chloride granular urea sand or sawdust In the spring flush the tree pit with water to dilute winter salt buildup Pick up any discarded cigarette butts within tree pits The inorganic material in cigarette filters will not decompose and the chemicals in the cigarette can damage the tree Politely inform other members of the community about the damages caused by allowing trash or animal waste in tree pits Some residents may not know that their actions have a negative impact on the tree s survival Dogs are staples of many NYC communities and they are even more appreciated when handled by responsible owners

    Original URL path: http://stewardship.nycparks.org/library/managing_waste.php (2016-05-02)
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  • Links | Library | MillionTreesNYC Stewardship Corps Adopt-a-Tree
    or register to adopt trees and record your activities Email Password Forgot your password Links Queens Botanical Garden Brooklyn Botanic Garden Trees New York The New York Botanical Garden Partnerships for Parks GreenThumb Greenbelt Conservancy Arbor Day Foundation United State

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