So, we planted a tree - now what?
Dig a hole, stick the tree in the hole, cover the hole and you're done, right? WRONG!! First of all, there is of course a lot more to tree planting that, but it's vitally important to understand that the job is not done once the tree is in the ground. Proper long-term care and maintenance is necessary to ensure that the newly planted tree is given the best opportunity to thrive.Long-term care of our urban forest is comprised of three major components; maintenance, invasive species removal, forest restoration efforts. All play a major role in realizing the goal of a healthy native plant population. Some of the Trees Atlanta conservation programs include:
Trees Atlanta’s Forest Restoration Program is helping bring neighborhoods together to move this effort forward. These partnerships are essential to this effort, and we have made great strides with community groups in Morningside, Oakhurst, Beecher Hills, East Point, and dozens of other communities across the city. To restore our urban forest to optimal health, it is also necessary to do away with non-native plants that siphon off precious sunlight, water, and soil nutrients from native plant life. One of the most obvious concerns is, of course, kudzu. It is not the only culprit, though. English ivy, Chinese privet, and other such plants can have devastating effects on native species, and Trees Atlanta deploys many different methods in an effort to curb and eventually eradicate these unwelcome guests.