Decatur holding Trees 101 class

Posted by Dena Mellick March 29, 2016
India Woodson, Decatur's new arborist, finishes inspecting a tree at a home in Oakhurst. Photo by Dan Whisenhunt

India Woodson, Decatur’s new arborist, finishes inspecting a tree at a home in Oakhurst. Photo by Dan Whisenhunt

Update: The April 9 class has been cancelled and will be rescheduled, the city says. 

The city of Decatur is offering a free Trees 101 class to Decatur homeowners.

It will be led by city arborist India Woodson from 10 a.m. until 12 p.m. on Saturday Apr. 2 and Apr. 9.

The class will take place at Woodlands Gardens at 932 Scott Blvd. in Decatur.

An email from the city says, “Our goal is to help you help your trees and to provide that empowerment through education.”

The course, which is available to 20 Decatur homeowners, will “explain the new ordinance, what it means to the average homeowner and show you how to measure the canopy of your trees.”

Woodson will also talk to participants about tree identification, tree planting and maintenance, structural pruning and, more.

Here is the full press release from the city:

Trees give us shade, clean our air and water, provide habitat for wildlife, and beautify our landscapes. 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. Our goal is to help you help your trees and to provide that empowerment through education.

When: 10:00 – 12 Noon Saturday April 2, 2016 and April 9, 2016
Where: Woodlands Gardens, 932 Scott Boulevard, Decatur, GA
How much: FREE (for 20 City of Decatur homeowners only)
How to sign up: Email India Woodson at India.Woodson@decaturga.com with your name, Decatur address and contact information (must have email response with seat number from me for verification)

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. I’ll explain the new Arbor Day Tree Planting, program offering trees to homeowners for their private property and scheduled maintenance for two (2) years.

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!

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