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Tree Aftercare Assistant
Tree Aftercare Assistant
Keeping the Forest in the Forest City takes more than tree planting alone.
Caring for trees during their first few years is essential to the success of a naturalization project, and ReForest London needs your help! Our Tree Specialists will help you to identify the weeds that need to be removed around the trees, as well as identifying which grasses need to be covered in mulch around the trees so that they can retain moisture.
If your group is larger than 10 people, please complete our group application form to register your group.
We focus on the grass and weed competition growing in the old mulch circle of each tree. We provide tools to help with this process, but most weeding can be done by hand.
At least one bucket of mulch will be spread on each tree after it has been weeded. Mulch keeps moisture in the ground to help protect trees from drought
- CHECKING TREE COLLARS
Tree collars are used to protect the trunks of young trees from animal browse. Most of the time, all trees will have collars from when they were planted, and collars will only need to be fixed. Sometimes new collars will be need to be put on, taken off, or cut to a more appropriate size.
- INVASIVE SPECIES REMOVAL
To enhance our park naturalization sites, we will remove certain invasive weeds and shrubs, such as European Buckthorn.
- APPLYING SCOOT
Scoot is a pest deterrent that is applied to the bark of the tree trunks and some of the branches each season. Scoot is painted on using a paint brush, and only used on sites where we have observed animal browse.
Branches that are vandalised, dead, or affected by animal browse will be pruned so that fungus and disease does not establish.
- LITTER CLEAN UP
This is a lower priority but will be done on sites where a lot of litter is present.
Events are typically 2 hours in the evening during summer months of July and August.
No training required. We will provide training at the start of every aftercare event, so please arrive on time.
No previous experience required.
No skills required.
- Physically capable of lifting mulch buckets (~20 pounds)
- Must be able to work in messy conditions
Drop-ins are welcome at any of our aftercare events. However, if you wish to be notified of events in advance, please fill out our volunteer application form and indicate “Tree Aftercare Assistant” as area of interest.
A calendar of our events can be found here.