March 20, 2021
We celebrated Arbor Day with a tree planting event at Abersham Park here in Davidson, NC. Together with Trees Davidson, our local non-profit partner, we were able to coordinate over 45 volunteers to plant 60 trees! We planted a wide variety of mostly native species to improve biodiversity, provide for wildlife, and contribute to the beauty and health of our tree canopy.
Thanks to everyone who participated, and for those who would like to participate next time, please consider contacting or contributing to Trees Davidson! More info here: https://davidsonlands.org/explore-nature/trees-davidson/
March 5, 2021
This week, Davidson arborist Pete Grisewood checked up on a tree along Jetton Street that is being preserved as part of a new home build. This ~42” willow oak tree is located partly in the public right of way and is protected from removal by Davidson's tree ordinance. As part of the approved building permit, the property owners have agreed to care for the tree during construction under the recommendations of a local certified arborist tree care company. So far, some lower branches have been carefully pruned to accommodate the house, and some roots have been pruned where the driveway will go. The tree will be fenced around to protect the root system and will receive a few treatments this year for health. A great example of the tree ordinance and town arborist at work actively saving trees!
November 19, 2020
This week we had a great tree planting event at Bailey Springs. Almost 50 volunteers helped plant over 45 trees along sidewalks and park areas adjacent to an affordable housing section of the neighborhood. Our town's partnership with TreesDavidson pulled off yet another awesome tree planting day! Special thanks to the public works staff for digging holes and pouring the sidewalk ahead of time and also to Charlene Minor with Davidson Parks & Recreation for all her help!
October 29, 2020
This week we partnered with Trees Davidson to plant over 45 new trees at Fisher Farm Park! I counted over 65 volunteers, including many Scouts and local residents. The trees are just gorgeous specimens from a North Carolina nursery, with a variety of native species including white oak, beech, tulip poplar and tupelo. Many thanks to Davidson Public Works staff who dug the holes perfectly (not too deep) and helped unload the tree delivery truck! Our Parks & Recreation staff (Charlene Minor) ensured we followed health safety protocol. Trees Davidson and our town tree board were instrumental in coordinating this effort. We are fortunate to have such excellent town staff, involved residents, and a truly awesome partner in Trees Davidson. Great job all around!
October 22, 2020
This week I was called out to a property on Thompson Street for a tree removal permit request. The large oak tree in question was planted over 75 years ago by a family member and was dropping large dead branch during storms. Upon inspection, the tree did not warrant removal, but it definitely requires some pruning of large dead branches evident in the tree’s crown. Deep root fertilizing was also suggested to improve health. The resident was quite happy that the tree can stay and will be contacting a local certified arborist to provide tree care. Another tree saved!
More about tree pruning here: https://extension.purdue.edu/extmedia/fnr/fnr-506-w.pdf
September 30, 2020
This week I was called out for a building permit on Pinecrest Street. The property has a number of large trees and a lot of tall bamboo! Bamboo can be invasive, and the plan here is to remove as much as we can while saving trees and building a nice home. Happily, we were able to meet with the builder and homeowner and identified eleven good size trees to preserve. This includes five mature oak trees between 20”-27” diameter! You can learn more about bamboo in NC here: https://weeds.ces.ncsu.edu/2019/03/thinking-about-growing-bamboo-proceed-with-caution/
September 9, 2020
September 2, 2020
This week I was called out to Pine Road to look at trees for a new home building permit. We could clearly see how the street got it’s name, as some pine trees were 100 feet tall on the heavily wooded lot. By walking together and discussing the project with the homeowners, we were able to match up their goals along with tree preservation that makes good sense. Proud to say that we saved over thirty one trees out there! A mix of big pine and hardwood trees will remain, including one of the largest pines on the property at over 32” in diameter!
August 19, 2020
The past few weeks we have had some caterpillars eating leaves on oak trees around town. These pests typically cause no lasting harm to the trees, as minor defoliation this late in the season means the tree's leaves have done the bulk of their job and are almost ready for fall. In some cases, particularly with young and small trees, total defoliation may indicate a need for treatment. We have successfully treated and saved a small number of oak trees in Davidson where it was necessary. You can read more about caterpillars here: https://content.ces.ncsu.edu/orangestriped-oakworm