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:

Maintenance (Urban Forestry Crew)

Once a tree is planted and the roots have taken hold, there is still plenty of work to be done. Proper care includes watering, fertilizing, mulching, pruning, weeding, and generally caring for the newly planted trees. The Trees Atlanta Urban Forestry Crew tackles such maintenance tasks, and will provide maintenance for up to three years on newly planted trees. It is an ongoing effort, with 40,000 individual tree maintenance visits each year.

Forest Restoration

Getting rid of invasive species is a big part of the equation, but to truly reclaim our natural urban forest, we must continue with efforts to restore native plants. Hundreds of acres of green space are protected inside I-285, but there has been very little progress in actually bringing back healthy native plants to these areas.

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.