an Independent Program of Tower Hill Botanic Garden
Summer Tree Pruning Outings
Reporting for Duty
As we enter the heart of summer we are putting our pruning activities on hold until November, after plants have gone dormant. Pruning is best reserved for the dormant season or late spring and early summer when plants are growing most vigorously. Anything beyond that is at best not optimal and at worst detrimental to the health of your tree or shrub. Fresh cuts need time to heal and until they do they are leaks in the supply chain for the water plants are trying to send to their leaves. That’s why it’s best not to prune during our hottest months.
With that said we wanted to let you know how we did in the 4 outings we undertook at the end of June and beginning of July. I’m so excited to be able to say we exceeded our own expectations! At the outset we had planned to work exclusively in one neighborhood on the backside of Indian Hill off of Brattle Street. This neighborhood was very close to where most of our work in the winter took place and represented the conclusion of that space. Well, we met that goal after 2 of our four planned outings! So we had to move on to a new neighborhood and we chose Beaconsfield Rd off of Pleasant St. These trees were about the same age as the trees off of Brattle Street and there were fewer of them but some of them needed a lot of work. We’ve begun to notice that many of the trees seem to be dying back in their first year, leaving a lot of deadwood in the canopy, and then filling in with new sprouts in subsequent years. So we spent a lot of time cutting deadwood out of the trees, but now they look awesome (if we do say so ourselves!)
So what was our grand total of trees pruned in four two hour pruning outings? 90 Trees! In a total of 8 hours 90 small trees were skillfully pruned by a handful of people. We want to thank the volunteers who came out to join us, we’re so proud of you and grateful for your dedication and giving your time and skills to this work.
We also want to add that we welcome new volunteers. We offer on site training and supervision, we have equipment available for you to use while you’re working with us, and we’ll even bring the coffee. Keep an eye on our calendar for upcoming events when you can come to care for Worcester’s trees and get to know us. We hope to see you soon!