In the fall of 2013, homeowners from the Irvingdale neighborhood came together to plant shade trees. Neighbors worked together, with some of them meeting each other for the first time. The initial tree planting has led to additional efforts in nearby parks and streets.
Neighbors planted 28 trees from a list of 11 preferred species or cultivars throughout the 112-square block neighborhood. Participants “got their hands dirty” assisting in all phases (digging, planting, staking, mulching, watering) of the planting. There was lots of positive feedback about the hands-on training being useful and appreciated.
Who was Involved:
The 35 volunteers included neighborhood homeowners, INA board members, Nebraska Forest Service staff, and Lincoln Public School students. Additional support came from local businesses, scouts, Digger’s Hotline and the City of Lincoln.
Trees face many difficulties: weather extremes, insects, diseases, lack of diversity, old age; poor tree selection, placement and care; and a lack of appreciation for the many benefits trees provide.
What we learned: