Resource Portal: Understanding and Caring for Your New Tree

GGC_Transparent2The purpose of this Greening the Gateway Cities – Springfield web resources portal is to offer a basic foundational knowledge of trees and the requirements for their care; as well as a brief outline of their benefits. These resources not meant to be a complete description of all topics nor material that qualifies one as a professional; instead it is meant to be a guide of tips, tricks, and bits of information.

The following links provide access to the materials presented in the “Looking Ahead: Understanding and Caring for Your New Tree” manual, and is meant to serve as s starting point for you exploration of tree growth, care and exploration.

Screen Shot 2019-01-11 at 5.48.53 PMChapter 1: Tree Growth
A tree is a woody plant with a single stem, growing to at least 12 to 15 feet tall. Has branches and a distinct head some distance from the ground
Trees made up of Roots, Stems and Branches, & Leaves

Screenshot 2019-01-11 17.45.15Chapter 2: After-Care: Tree Health & Maintenance Considerations
Watering, Mulching, Staking, Plant Healthcare
Tree care is the application of arboricultural methods like pruning, trimming, and felling/thinning[1] in built environments. Roadways, greenways, backyard and park woody vegetation are at the center of attention for the tree care industry.

tree-service-clipartChapter 3: After-Care: Tree Pruning
Removing select parts of a tree in order to reach an objective that enhances safety, health and aesthetics


Screen Shot 2019-01-11 at 5.57.23 PMChapter 4: The Urban Forest
Urban forests provide environmental, health, and economic benefits to cities. Urban forests mitigate the effects of urban heat island through evapotranspiration and the shading of streets and buildings. This improves human comfort, reduces the risk of heat stroke and decreases costs to cool buildings.


Additional Resources
Visit these additional resources to learn more about trees living in urban areas, and to gain additional skills in caring for your new trees.


Click Here for a link to the complete “Looking Ahead: Understanding and Caring for Your New Tree”  manual.





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