Reducing Invasives, Retaining Our Trees Workshop

This exciting Stewardship Workshop will be held at Duke Farms on February 20, 2013 from 12:30 – 4:00 pm.

The workshop covers best management practices of public trees and forests for control of invasive species (including deer) and for storm risks while preserving our important tree canopy.  The target audience is municipal and public works officials, foresters, arborists, engineers, planners, flood plain managers, landscape architects, environmental and shade tree commissions, and other interested people.   Continuing Education Units will be offered.

Register today! Reducing Invasives, Retaining Our Trees

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New Re-entry Training Program

This summer, we are starting a Landscaping & Maintenance training program for men under parole supervision. Three men will provide community service to our 9/11 Memorial – The Grove of Remembrance (Liberty State Park, Jersey City) and our Urban Nursery, in exchange for earning a certificate and job placement assistance. Trainees will learn:

Tree, shrub, perennial and weed identification.
Proper tree & shrub pruning.
Proper mulching.
Transplanting shrubs & perennials.
General landscape & nursery maintenance.

We are very excited about this new program!

Our Grove of Remembrance always needs maintenance!

Accolade Elm – Urban Tolerant Tree #1

Ulmus ‘Accolade’ is a cross of Chinese and Japanese species resistant to Dutch Elm Disease (EDE). Before DED wiped out most of the Elms, the main street in my hometown was lined with Elm trees, creating a shaded canopy. We had an Elm in my front yard until a few years back. Each year another limb would succumb to disease. My Dad pruned that tree until there was nothing but one main limb. It finally had to be removed completely.

The NJ Tree Foundation planted these Accolade Elms 4 years ago in Liberty State Park, Jersey City.

Liberty State Park is my litmus test for tree urban tolerance. If a tree survives in the Park, it can tolerate horrible “soil”, drought and lack of drainage. As you can see, the Accolade Elms are not only surviving, they are thriving!