Newton Tree Stewards

Tree Stewards Class: Caring for Young Trees  – Wednesday, June 27, 2018, 6 pm – 8 pm, Newton Senior Center, 345 Walnut Street, Newtonville

A class on how to care for young trees, taught by Marc Welch, Newton, Director of Urban Forestry. Focus will be on the care of young street trees, such as the ones NTC plants each spring and fall. Topics include: Tree Growth & Biology, Good Tree Structure, Proper Pruning Techniques, Using Mulch Around Trees, and Watering

To register, email Marc Welch at


If you would like to learn more about Newton’s trees and how to care for them, sign up for a Tree Stewards class, conducted by Director of Urban Forestry Marc Welch. Check back here for upcoming classes, or email us at if you are interested in a particular class.











Tree Pruning


Learn about tree biology, tree maintenance, use of pruning tools (pruners, handsaws, pole
saws, pole clips, loppers), proper pruning techniques, and strategy for structural pruning over time. Participants can join the contingent of trained volunteers who meet for scheduled Saturday morning pruning sessions to work on young city trees to give them a strong healthy structure starting out, reducing future maintenance problems. All pruning is don from the ground, on younger trees and lower limbs of older trees, with tools provided by the city. Experienced volunteers can organize their own small group pruning projects, with approval of Marc Welch.

Tree PlantingMW_Planting Class

Learn how to plant bare-root, balled & burlap, or container trees, how to care for newly-planted trees, selecting the right tree for the right location, proper watering and mulching techniques, and why we don’t generally amend the soil or stake trees. Training is held in April and November for members of the Community Tree Planting groups, but anyone who would like to help with these plantings may sign up.


Tree Identification

TreeID_catkinsIf you guess a street tree in Newton is a Norway maple, you’d be right almost 80% of the time, but this species is now classified as invasive, and as we lose them, they are being replaced by a much more diverse selection in order to have a more healthy urban forest. Not just leaves, but buds, twigs, bark and pods can help you distinguish different species in the different seasons. Learn how to identify the most common tree species in Newton, and some less common ones.


Likely future classes include Tree Inventory and Tree Ailments.



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