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June 2018 Newsletter

June 2018 Newsletter

The next meeting of Growing Friends will be:

7:00 p.m., Thursday, June 7, 2018
Room 309, City-County Building, 326 N. Park Avenue

In case you missed it, the Annual Meeting was a big success. The presentation by Brent Sarchet was excellent. He went over some basic tree trimming techniques, and discussed tool selection as well. When you are trimming, he stressed the need to think of the long-term and plan for the ultimate shape you want for the tree or shrub. He took us on a walk around the library area to point out examples of both good and bad trimming. If you ever have a chance to attend one of Brent’s talks on tree trimming, do so. You will learn a lot.

If you attended the Annual Meeting, you undoubtedly noted that last month’s newsletter contained a bit of fake news. The special Growing Friends ice cream blend provided by the Big Dipper was not green, as we advertised. It was as delicious as usual, just not green. The Big Dipper continues to support Growing Friends financially, and you can support it by stopping in for a scoop this Summer. That is, if you can get in the door.

There are a few certainties in life. One of those (I’ll skip over the two standards – death and taxes) is that the Growing Friends Board will take its annual Summer vacation. The upcoming meeting will be the last, barring some sort of arboreal crisis, until September.

Even though there will be no meetings, we will be very active. The lindens along Park Avenue need attention, the City’s transit station desperately needs trees, and the Front Street rebuild should include trees and landscaping. Then there is always the Boulevard Tree Program. Do send us your requests, although the plantings will probably not occur until Fall. But you needn’t worry that we will be whiling away our time sipping umbrella drinks on the porch.

Since you won’t receive a newsletter for several months, I can’t resist a few reminders:
1. We’ve had some nice rains of late, but we all know it will end. Be sure to water your trees during the hot days of Summer.

2. Don’t use string trimmers around the base of trees or shrubs. If you need to know the effect of those trimmers on trees, use your leg as a test (actually, you better not, but I hope you understand my point).

Have a safe and active Summer. This is the season to be outside and remind yourself just why it is you live in the Last Best Place.


Bob Throssell, President

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