Posted: July 11, 2024

Urban trees are critical to the health of local communities. They are natural carbon reducers, they boost the physical and mental health of residents in the areas where they are planted, and they act as habitats for squirrels, birds, and other local wildlife. With trees taking center stage to combat climate change, and a flush of federal funds that support urban forestry efforts, more communities are organizing tree plantings throughout the United States.

Tree planting projects can be a great way to boost community engagement in urban forestry while increasing canopy coverage, but the success of a tree planting program isn’t defined by the number of trees in the ground. Preparation and post-planting care are both integral parts of these programs that can increase the survival rate of newly planted trees.

Dig into Planting Preparation

A truly successful tree planting program is largely due to strong project management and execution. One option is before launching a planting project, search for urban forestry contractors or non-profits that can help secure funding and manage your project, including coordination of tree acquisition and planting activities.

Working with non-profit organizations can create community connections while increasing public support for urban forestry efforts. For example, partner a planting program with workforce development initiatives to open the door for potential career opportunities through in-field education. This has the additional benefit of promoting the urban forestry industry as an avenue for long-term employment.

Site and species selection are also crucial to a successful tree planting program. Connecting with local nurseries before procurement to select healthy trees that fit the climate they are being planted in increases chances of survival, providing its benefits to the community in the long-term.

Tree TLC for a Healthy Urban Forest

The real success rate of a tree planting program isn’t necessarily the number of trees planted, but the number that flourish once planting is complete. Post-planting inspections help determine if trees were planted correctly and are continuing to thrive, while young tree maintenance helps promote growth and gives urban foresters a chance to spot any signs of pests or diseases. Implementing irrigation systems helps get the appropriate amount of water to the tree, increasing its chances of survival.

Davey Resource Group (DRG) is equipped with the knowledge and workforce to help your tree planting program become a success. From certified arborists to project managers with environmental expertise, DRG can help guide you through every step of the tree planting process. To learn more about our urban forestry solutions, contact your local office.

Article Contributors:
Dana Karcher, Project Developer, Davey Resource Group Colorado
Corine Peugh, Senior Project Manager, Davey Resource Group Northern Ohio

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