Decatur holding ‘Trees 101’ class

Posted by Dan Whisenhunt February 26, 2015
India Woodson, Decatur's new arborist. Photo by Dan Whisenhunt

India Woodson, Decatur’s arborist. Photo by Dan Whisenhunt

The Decatur 101 class is the city’s general overview of its government and the way it operates.

But how about some advanced learning?

The city is now offering a “Trees 101” class, a primer for all things related to the giver of shade, and purifier of air and water.

“The City of Decatur recognizes that all of us can contribute greatly to the health and structural integrity of these living treasures if we are empowered to recognize common problems and take proactive steps,” the class description says. “Our goal is to help you help your trees and to provide that empowerment through education.”

The class will be held 9:30 am to 11:30 am on March 12, 2015. There are 20 spots available to homeowners only. Attendance is free. The class will be held at the Public Works Building, located at 2635 Tally Street. To sign up, email city arborist India Woodson at Be sure to include your name, address and contact info.

Here’s the syllabus:

City of Decatur Tree Ordinance Overview:  This session will explain the new ordinance, what it means to the average homeowner and show you how to measure the canopy of your trees.

Tree Identification: The first step in taking proper care of your trees is to know what you have. Decatur Trees 101 will guide you through the steps on how to develop an inventory of what is on your property. You will also learn the basic characteristics of trees that will help you identify the species of trees that you have.

Tree Planting and Maintenance: This information session will teach you how to choose the right species for your landscape and feel confident that you are planting it in a way that ensures success. If you have planted trees that are struggling with the transition to their new home, learn what it takes to direct your trees toward long productive lives.

Structural Pruning: Also known as ‘formative’ pruning, this method of care can provide surprising benefits. Decatur Trees 101 can take the mystery out of this technique and show you how easy it is to work pruning into your tree maintenance plan

Tree Walks (TBD): Get to know your local trees while getting to know your community. We will introduce the trees to you by name and explain the distinguishing features that make each species unique. These events are always interactive and participants are challenged to practice their newly acquired skills!

Last year, Decatur adopted a stronger residential ordinance in response to increased development in the city.

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  • notapunk

    Wow. This is a great idea. I wish DeKalb County would do this, too.

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