Our volunteer tree stewards help us keep our street trees healthy and strong for generations to come. Learn some basic and advanced tree care activities that you can do to help our urban forest.
It's easy to become a tree steward! We host volunteers all year long. We can train you in basic activities such as watering trees, adding mulch and soil, and removing weeds and litter; as well as advanced activities such as installing a tree guard, expanding tree beds, and installing or removing stone or brick pavers.
Watering is the most important thing you can do for your street tree.
If weeds are left untended, they will ultimately kill some plants and stress others. Thus weeds should be removed from greenstreets and street tree pits as frequently as possible.
Keeping a site free of litter not only ensures its place as a community asset, it reduces the amount of stress placed on the plant.
When planted with a tree's health in mind, perennials, annuals and bulbs are beautiful additions to a tree pit.
Signs within a tree bed can inform your community about issues of dog waste or show off your commitment to helping your street tree grow.
Adding a layer of mulch suppresses weed growth and helps insulate tree roots.
Before you perform any of these activities on a street tree, please make sure that you have a Tree Work Permit.
Installing a tree guard around the perimeter of a tree bed can help protect a tree from the surrounding urban environment.
Removing constricting concrete and maintaining soil levels can keep our sidewalks safe and our city’s trees healthy.
A permit must be submitted and approved before planting a tree in an empty tree bed.
A permit must be submitted and approved before removing any street tree.