Students mulching a young tree for a tree care service day

Tree Care

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.

Young Tree Care 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.

Is Your Tree Thirsty? Campaign

Canopy’s outreach efforts remind residents to water young trees and educate the community about watering options and water conservation.

Young Tree Care in East Palo Alto

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.

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Canopy’s Tree Care Plan (May 2014)pdficon

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.

Stewardship matters: Case studies in establishment success of urban treespdficon

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.

“Anybody can dig a hole and plant a tree. But to make sure it survives, you have to nurture it, you have to water it, you have to keep at it until it becomes rooted so it can take care of itself.”

~ Wangari Maathai,
Nobel Prize Laureate & Canopy Supporter

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