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  • Tree CareTreephilly
    Involved Social Stream Blog Contact Navigation Hide Navigation About Staff Sponsors Partners Community Partners Press Press Clips Archive Frequently Asked Questions Free Trees Yard Trees Available Yard Trees Community Yard Tree Giveaways Street Trees Street Tree Request Hire a Certified Arborist to Plant Your Tree Approved Street Tree List Tree Care Yard Tree Planting and Care Street Tree Care Tree Keepers Resources Tree Benefits Success Stories Get Involved Social Stream Blog Contact Tree Care Resources When trees live in a city they need a little extra TLC Urban trees especially street trees deal with a number of stressors including soil compaction lack of water de icing salts and vandalism You re the key to helping them survive So what can you do For starters you can water newly planted trees 15 20 gallons every week from March through December for the first two years You can also add organic composted mulch which you can get for free at the Fairmount Park Organic Recycling Center to your tree every spring and fall to help it stay hydrated Street Tree care Yard Tree Care Contact Philadelphia Parks Recreation One Parkway Building 10th Floor 1515 Arch Street Philadelphia PA 19102 P 215 683

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  • Yard Tree Planting and CareTreephilly
    30 Remember Your tree must be planted in the ground and it must be planted in a yard space on private property If planted in a container or in the sidewalk your tree will not survive Still not sure where to plant Check out these tips from the Arbor Day Foundation and the US Forest Service How to Care for Your New Tree Water Carefully watering your new tree is critical to helping it survive and thrive For the first two years after planting water your new tree 15 20 gallons a week from the time it buds out in the spring until it loses its leaves in the fall and or the ground freezes generally March through December Make sure to water slowly and in the center of the mulch ring so the water can soak deep into the soil and the roots can absorb it gradually We recommend using a hose on slow drip a tree watering bag or a 5 gallon bucket with holes punched through the bottom If you use a watering bag check it for debris and remove it in winter Mulch Use organic composted mulch wood chips or pine needles to make a ring of mulch around your tree that is 3 wide and 3 deep Make sure to keep the mulch 3 inches away from the trunk so the root flare is still exposed to the air When finished the mulch should look like a donut a wide flat circle rather than a volcano piled up around the trunk Apply fresh mulch to your tree as needed in the spring and fall making sure to remove mulch that has been contaminated by de icing salts or dog waste Avoid using non organic materials like rocks gravel bricks or rubber Philly residents can get free mulch at the Fairmount Park Organic Recycling Center Prune Prune only dead diseased or damaged branches on newly planted trees After the first two years when your tree has begun to establish in its new home it s best to lightly prune your trees every 2 3 years Fall and winter are the best time to prune because not only are the trees dormant during this time you also have the added bonus of a clear view of the tree s structure without the obstruction of foliage Fruit trees require special pruning care please see the handout on fruit trees for more information Weed and keep clean Make sure to protect your tree from toxic substances like pet waste litter and garbage cigarette butts and rock salt or other chemical ice melting products We also recommend keeping your tree s root zone free of grass weeds and other plants so the roots don t have to compete for water and nutrients If you do plant flowers near your tree make sure to plant annuals rather than perennials Protect Make sure to protect your tree from lawnmowers and other machines including vehicles and bicycles which can quickly and easily damage

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  • Street Tree CareTreephilly
    Tree Care Tree Keepers Resources Tree Benefits Success Stories Get Involved Social Stream Blog Contact Street Tree Care Street Tree Pruning and Removal Philadelphia Parks Recreation prunes mature street trees and removes dead and hazardous street trees as necessary We also maintain trees in neighborhood parks recreation centers and playgrounds owned by the City of Philadelphia Please note that we do not remove living healthy trees nor can we work on private property including alleys Property owners are also welcome to hire a certified arborist to maintain their street trees at their own expense Contractors must obtain a tree work permit from the Philadelphia Parks Recreation Street Tree Management office by calling 215 685 4362 or 215 685 4363 Request Street Tree Pruning Report A Dead or Hazardous Street Tree Request Arborist Contractors List Basic Tree Care Tips Trees need to stay hydrated too Check out this handout which you can download and print with basic tree care tips Here s a quick one water newly planted trees 20 gallons per week from March through December for the first two years Pennsylvania Horticultural Society Tree Tenders Established in 1993 the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society PHS Tree Tenders program offers hands on tree care training in the five county Philadelphia region The training covers tree biology identification planting proper care and working within your community PHS Tree Tenders has trained thousands of volunteers who plant and care for trees throughout the region For more information on classes or to find a Tree Tenders group in your neighborhood click here You can also check out their video library with great tree care tips here Fairmount Park Organic Recycling Center The Organic Recycling Center in West Fairmount Park provides free mulch compost wood chips and herbivore manure to Philadelphia residents Residents can take up

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  • Tree KeepersTreephilly
    and green spaces in our neighborhood parks playgrounds and recreation centers in tip top shape Launched in 2011 this seasonal maintenance crew prunes trees removes dead trees and invasive species like poison ivy and helps to maintain stormwater planters at PPR properties across the city The TreeKeepers also help to plant new trees on public property help out with special projects like The Oval and of course help out at TreePhilly s biannual yard tree giveaways The TreeKeepers crew also serves as a work development program An entry level position for individuals interested in landscape management the TreeKeepers program is committed to supporting ex offenders in securing meaningful work and successfully re entering the community The program provides training and education on arboriculture methods and green space maintenance and actively works to support crew members in pursuing careers Stats From 2011 through 2014 the TreeKeepers worked on over 160 individual PPR sites pruning over 10 000 trees In 2013 the TreeKeepers removed over 110 tons of organic debris in just seven months In 2014 they removed 107 tons in just six months In 2013 the TreeKeepers surveyed 1 000 street trees allowing PPR staff to estimate survival rates and identify opportunities for new plantings To learn more like us on Facebook Thank You Notes We just wanted to let you know that we are really thrilled with the results of the group s work not only are the trees healthier but when they are clearly pruned and mulched it seems to keep the vandals at bay which otherwise is a problem that plagues us I just wanted to say thanks and we hope budgets allow this program to continue Best Friends of Marconi Plaza Thank you so much for the tree work you recently did at Starr Garden The park

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  • ResourcesTreephilly
    available for free download at the web address listed above Tree Care Education Training Morris Arboretum info morrisarboretum org 215 247 5777 The Morris Arboretum of the University of Pennsylvania offers classes each spring and fall including some on tree identification maintenance and care The Morris Arboretum is also home to the School of Arboriculture which offers continuing education credits for arborists Pennsylvania Horticultural Society PHS Tree Tenders Program mmaslin pennhort org 215 988 8844 PHS offers Tree Tenders training courses every spring and fall that teach the basics of tree planting and care They also have an excellent collection of tree care videos which you can access at the web address listed above Philadelphia Orchard Project phil phillyorchards org 215 724 1247 The Philadelphia Orchard Project POP partners with community groups to plant and maintain fruit orchards in the city of Philadelphia They also offer educational workshop on planting and maintaining fruit and food trees We highly recommend checking out their Pruning Guide for Fruit Trees Tree Maintenance Service Philadelphia Parks Recreation PPR Street Tree Contract Management www treephilly org 215 685 4363 215 685 4362 Contact PPR s Street Tree Management team for planting pruning and removal requests regarding street trees trees planted in the sidewalk You can also contact this office to request a current list of arborist contractors who are qualified to work on Philadelphia street trees International Society of Arboriculture Penn Del Chapter 717 412 7473 For tree maintenance service and removal on private property please hire a professional arborist certified by the International Society of Arboriculture Certified arborists may also receive a permit from PPR s Street Tree Management team to work on sidewalk trees in Philadelphia Pennsylvania Horticultural Society PHS Tree Tenders Program mmaslin pennhort org 215 988 8844 Some PHS Tree Tenders

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  • Tree BenefitsTreephilly
    Archive Frequently Asked Questions Free Trees Yard Trees Available Yard Trees Community Yard Tree Giveaways Street Trees Street Tree Request Hire a Certified Arborist to Plant Your Tree Approved Street Tree List Tree Care Yard Tree Planting and Care Street Tree Care Tree Keepers Resources Tree Benefits Success Stories Get Involved Social Stream Blog Contact Tree Benefits Trees are one of the best investments we can make in the future of our city When properly cared for urban trees provide valuable and vital services like clean air increased property values and peaceful neighborhoods Planting and maintaining trees addresses all three pillars of sustainability Environment Economics and Society Environment Stormwater Management Air Filtration and Production Wildlife Habitat Photo Credit VisitPhilly Economics Energy Savings Increased Property Value Increased Retail Sales Society Community Beauty Health How Much Is Your Tree Worth Check out these fun ways to calculate a dollar value for the benefits your tree provides Philly Tree Map National Tree Benefit Calculator For more information on the benefits of trees check out these resources Benefits of Trees Arbor Day Foundation Reasons to Plant Trees by Casey Trees Top 22 Benefits of Trees by Tree People Trees Grow the City Benefits Contact

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  • Success StoriesTreephilly
    to the tree and placed it on the step where Ned could read it Dear Ned You have given me something that no other tree has given to me You are special to me Love Sylvia The tree care company crew were so touched by the note that they cut two cross sections out of the truck and gave one to each child The kids busily sanded and stained their pieces of Ned admiring his rings and celebrate every year of Ned s long life They are helping to pick out a new baby tree to take Ned s space in the yard if not the space in their hearts Honorable Mention A Memorial Tree for Songha by Leslie Willis Lowry This tree is a living monument planted in memory of my beloved son Songha Thomas Willis May 2 1972 February 2 2000 who was robbed and murdered by 2 young men ages 16 and 17 Songha s life was cut short by senseless violence an incomprehensible slaying committed with thoughtless cowardice To lose someone like Songha a nonviolent person who contributed positively to society was a tragedy He was a beautiful young man with exceptional prospects a respected leader and gracious in everything he did primarily because of his integrity and sincere concern for others To his friends he was a real day brightener and to his family he was fair as a star when only one is shining in the sky Among the healing flood of letters that followed Songha s death was one carrying this quote from Jed Wolfington a former classmate at Episcopal High School in Alexandria VA Songha was a natural leader trustworthy considerate and engaging It didn t matter who you were or what you did he always treated you with respect with decency and an open heart His death was premature unjust and saddening and leaves me with a sense of potential unfulfilled But then I think of his spiritual understanding how he could look past the labels of ethnicity nationality and social status and see that we are first and foremost human beings one and all Songha achieved in 27 years what it takes some a lifetime to achieve he was a loving human being Honorable Mention My Magnolia Tree by Katharine Novak I grew up in the residential section of a city which was not known for leaving room for trees however I was privileged enough to have a beautiful magnolia tree in my small backyard Whenever I wanted to escape from the city life I would climb into my beloved magnolia to read or write My magnolia tree had a split where I could sit perfectly it was low enough that I a novice tree climber could hoist myself onto it and sit for hours One year my older sister was confined to a body cast from breaking her hip and leg She had never appreciated our magnolia tree the same way that I had but in this year it

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  • Get InvolvedTreephilly
    Yard Tree Planting and Care Street Tree Care Tree Keepers Resources Tree Benefits Success Stories Get Involved Social Stream Blog Contact Get Involved Sign Up for a Tree The best way to get involved is to help us restore our urban forest by requesting a free street tree or signing up for a free yard tree Request a Street Tree Register for a Yard Tree Sign Up for TreeMail Sign up for our seasonal TreeMail newsletter to get information about upcoming giveaways seasonal tree care tips contests and opportunities and other TreePhilly news Email Share Your Tree Story We want to hear about the fascinating trees of Philadelphia and what they mean to you Maybe your story is about the free yard tree you picked up at one of our giveaway events maybe it s about a tree you love to read under in your neighborhood park or maybe it s even about a tree you remember climbing as a child Whatever your tree story is we want to hear it Share Your Tree Story Volunteer There s no better way to spend a day than giving out free trees We re always looking for volunteers to help out at our yard tree giveaway events each spring and fall Activities range from greeting guests and working the registration table to providing planting demonstrations bagging mulch and helping folks carry their trees to the car Sign Up For Volunteer Announcements We currently do not offer volunteer plantings but if you are interested in planting trees we encourage you to join your local Park Friends group or getting involved with the PHS Tree Tenders group in your neighborhood Give a Tree Help us continue our mission to give Philadelphia residents the resources they need to plant and care for trees By donating

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