Caring for Land

Community Trees 2009

Community Trees 2009: supported by Hastings Stewardship Council and the Municipalities of Tweed, Centre Hastings, Stirling - Rawdon and Marmora and Lake. Trees are free in limited quantities to residents of these municipalities.

May 2, 7:30 a.m. - 10:30 a.m. Tweed Arena May 7, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Stirling Covered Bridge May 9, 8a.m - 11 a.m. at Marmora Memorial Park May 16, 8 a.m. - noon at Madoc Farmers Market

Residential Tree Planting: The Hastings Stewardship Council is committed to sustainable forest management throughout Hastings County and already has established programs for tree planting and woodlot management. As a component of our regular activities we want to foster the care and establishment of urban forests in our villages and hamlets.

The objectives are to: Encourage regular planting of stock each year on private or municipal land in appropriate locations. Plant the right tree in the right place.

Encourage planting a diversity of species to reduce the risk of insect and disease on individual species. Focus on native species that are well suited to the local sites. Species selection should include trees such as sugar maple and oak which have longer life expectancies.

Promote early and regular pruning particularly in the early years to create better form and stem structure.

Engage property owners to actively plant and care for trees on their own properties as up to 90% of land is privately owned.

Retain large trees as large trees have a much larger leaf surface area than small trees.

How do I properly hand plant a seedling Remove the sod layer and clean around the spot where you want to plant your tree. Dig a hole that is large enough to allow all of the roots to be fully extended. If the soil is dry, then add water at time of planting. Place the seedling in the hole, making sure all roots are in the hole and pull the soil gently in to cover all roots. Make sure that the tree root collar is at soil level. Do not plant too deeply.

Compact the soil firmly around the tree with your foot or hands to ensure that all roots are in complete contact with the soil and without air pockets. Do not rush to plant your seedlings; a little care will go a long way to ensuring good survival.

Caring for your seedlings Mulch is recommended to help keep moisture in the ground and to control competing vegetation. Bark, wood chips or mulch mats all work well.

Watering should be done weekly in the absence of rain. Provide a full soaking rather than surface watering. Monitor regularly for insects or damage.

To get involved please contact one of your Hastings Stewardship Council neighbours: Cliff Maclean - chairman 477-1100 Herman Ebbers - vice chair 395-4588 Kevin Durkin 396-6381 Frank Forestell 962-4477 Louise Livingstone 395-4388 Jeff McDougall 966-3660 Mike Murphy 478-6984 Elwood Palmateer 968-8698 Art James 478-1541 Dale Grant 395-2079 Greg Pendragon 478-0005 Thekla Hummel 395-1794 Charles Robinson 473-2678 Patricia Hastings 473-4847 Grant Ketcheson 473-4680 Danielle Valentik

Hastings Stewardship Council Coordinator: Jim Pedersen 126 Old Troy Rd. Tweed, Ontario, K0K 3J0 Phone: (613) 478-6875 Fax: (613) 478-1389 Email: jim.pedersenatontario.ca

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