As we grow the urban forest, caring for existing trees is just as important as planting new trees.
Early maintenance and care ensures greater health and longevity for trees, and provides the community with lasting benefits.
Canopy volunteers and staff regularly water, mulch, train, prune, and inspect city and school trees. We also educate residents about caring for trees, and provide a host of community resources.
After 20 years, Canopy is re-launching a comprehensive survey of Palo Alto’s native oak population. Using Tree Plotter, an interactive online mapping tool, volunteers will help collect valuable information about our native oaks and how our urban forest ecosystem has changed since the last survey.
Our annual survey of the health of Palo Alto’s young street trees engages volunteers and educates residents to provide first care and streamline City maintenance.
Canopy’s outreach efforts remind residents to water young trees and educate the community about watering options and water conservation.
Mulching, training, pruning, weeding, watering and maintaining irrigation are all in a day’s work for Canopy’s Teen Urban Foresters, Program Director, and Volunteer Tree Care Leaders. Group work days provide needed ongoing care for the East Palo Alto Tree Initiative trees.
As our tree-planting numbers have grown, Canopy has developed new structures and strategies for ensuring the health of recently-planted trees, whether in schools, parks, or neighborhoods.
Journal article by Lara Roman, et al (2015) in Urban Forestry & Urban Greening, about Canopy’s exceptional tree survival rate attributed to planting and maintenance practices, program management, and site characteristics.