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How to Plant,Prevent Tree Damage, Prune, Avoid Common Tree Health Problems, and more … All About Caring for the Trees in Your Backyard
(HENDERSONVILLE, NC, December 20,2023) -- While the trees in our neighborhoods and on private property providebenefits and beauty to humans and wildlife, the care and maintenance of thosetrees falls on the property owner. Manyquestions and concerns about how best to care for trees and shrubs will beanswered on Monday, February 26, at Henderson County Library auditorium onWashington St. at a program starting at 5 p.m. Steve Pettis, well-known local expert willshare knowledge and experience on the subject using visual and descriptivemethods. Pettis is a long-timeagricultural advisor in his role as Henderson County agent of the N.C. StateCooperative Extension. He will discuss how to plant a tree properly, how toprevent tree damage, the art of proper pruning, preventing common tree healthproblems, including wooly adelgid infestation, and more. The program is sponsored by HendersonvilleTree Board in partnership with NCSCE and is open to the public at no charge.
“I callit my ‘Tree Health Care’ class,” Pettis said. “Inthe class I help homeowners understand some of the common problems and threatsto healthy trees and teach techniques to help improve tree health. Protectingthe overall tree canopy of Henderson County is an important part of my work.”
Onbehalf of Hendersonville’s Tree Board, City staff this year submitted a grantproposal to fund a tree canopy survey. The grant was received and the treecanopy survey is now underway. The Tree Board’s request was in response to theloss of trees during an up-tick in urban development in and aroundHendersonville in recent months.
“Thehousing boom we’re experiencing in Hendersonville is not unique,” said TreeBoard chair Mac Brackett. “But clearingland for new houses impacts the overall tree canopy cover. Learn how new trees, properly planted andmaintained, can restore our canopy, and how to deal with the health issues ofolder, mature trees in our historic neighborhoods. This program is set up to help us all carefor and sustain a healthy tree canopy in Hendersonville.”
Attendeeswill also learn how to apply to get free trees on private properties throughthe NeighborWoods program, and hear detailsabout the new Bradford Pear Bounty program, in which a new native tree will begiven to replace a Bradford Pear tree cut down on your property.
Hendersonville Tree Board iscommissioned by the City of Hendersonville to provide advice on the selectionand care of trees and shrubs and to provide information concerning the economicand aesthetic benefits of trees and shrubs for the community. The Arbor Day Foundation has recognizedHendersonville as a Tree City USA for over 30 years because of its high levelof tree care.To learn more about Hendersonville Tree Board and itsprojects, visit the webpage at http://www.hendersonvillenc.gov/tree-board.