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TreeKeepers Update #6

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This week will be a busy one! Ford Credit Canada will be joining us on Friday for their Corporate Greening Day at Parkway – 2 (near Bayshire Woods). To learn more about our Corporate Greening Day Program, click here.

On Saturday Oakville TreeKeepers and Bronte Village Residents Association are hosting a garlic mustard pull. The pull will take place at Bronte Bluffs Park from 10am – noon. For more info check out the event page – here. If you have questions or would like to RSVP email oakvilletreekeepers@gmail.com

We visited the site yesterday and  have some photos of where we’ll be pulling at Bronte Bluffs Park. In addition, we also saw a variety of bird species – Baltimore oriole, harry woodpecker, downy woodpecker, cardinals, robins and more! This is a great place to go birding and we hope to see some of these species on Saturday!

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Mulchfest 2016

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Last week was amazing! With the help of hundred of students we spread 42 cu yards of mulch at 13 different locations. Today, hundreds of trees and plants are benefitting from the extra layer of organic matter.

Mulchfest would not have been possible with out the great work and commitment from teachers, principals, parent volunteers and students at all 13 schools. So I would like to thank staff and volunteers at Pine Grove Public School, Ecole Forest Trail, St. Andrew Catholic School, Heritage Glen Public School, Pilgrim Woods Public School, Oakwood Public School, New Central Public School, White Oaks Secondary School, St. John Paul II Catholic School, Munn’s Public School, Abbey Lane Public School and Montclair Public School.

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Students learned how to properly mulch trees, making a “donut” around the tree and avoiding the “volcano”, to preserve tree health.

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We had amazing discoveries along the way; like more than 30 mourning cloak caterpillars at Montclair’s school yard. Planting native species pays off! Providing habitat for a huge variety of local fauna.

 

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Great to see so many small hands rolling up their sleeves, putting on some gardening gloves and working hard to help nature in their community.

Once more, congratulations to all that participated!

We will for sure do it again next year, so stay tuned.

 

TreeKeepers Update #5

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A big thank you to all that came out on Saturday to help remove invasive species at Perkins Passage. It was a hot one but we managed to remove a lot of buckthorn and start replanting at this site. A special thanks to Councillor Dave Gittings (middle photo) who showed his support for urban forestry in Oakville by taking part in this event. And a thank you to Panera Bread (located on North Service Rd) for providing us with delicious treats. We hope to do more work at this site later this summer.

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Sweet grass, Staghorn sumac, Black-eyed Susan, and asters planted along an edge at Perkins Passage.
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Thanks to councillor Dave Gittings for coming out and giving us a hand!

 

 

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All the buckthorn.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ash tree update:

Last week the Town of Oakville began injecting more municipal street and park ash trees with TreeAzin to protect them against Emerald Ash Borer (EAB) as part of the Town’s 2016 ash tree treatment program. If you see an ash tree in your neighbourhood with a green ribbon it means it has been injected and treated for EAB. A red ribbon means that the tree has NOT been treated and will be removed.

Wondering what you can do to help? Here are some tips:

  • Water treated ash trees – those with green ribbons
  • Remove dead and dying ash trees
  • Replant lost backyard ash trees with a native one

To learn more about the signs and symptoms of EAB click here.

Contact Oakvillegreen (email: oakvilletreekeepers@gmail.com) if you would like more info or to help plant and care for the trees in your neighbourhood.

For more information on the Town of Oakville’s ash tree treatment program visit oakville.ca and search Trees and Woodlands