In an effort to have another source of trees to supplement our bare-root tree plantings, we are setting up a tree seedling nursery. Parks & Rec has given us a plot at the Community Garden in Nahanton Park. Volunteers from the Mount Ida College football team were a great help in setting up a perimeter fence, and an initial order of Arbor Day seedlings should arrive in a week or so. We will be growing species appropriate for street trees, in grow bags, until they are large enough to be transplanted as street trees, but still small enough to handle, about 6-8 ft tall. For some large-maturing species, which grow faster, this could be in about three years.
Arbor Day sweetgum seedlings after three growing seasons
This will also be a time-flexible volunteer opportunity for anyone who enjoys hands-on activities. The initial planting date will depend on when the seedlings arrive (expected in mid-May), but we would welcome help with weekly watering and weeding during the growing season (and eventually, pruning, if you have had Citizen Pruners training). If you are interested in helping, please email email@example.com with “Seedling nursery volunteering” in the subject line.
Mt Ida College football players unroll welded-wire fencing for Newton Tree Conservancy tree seedling nursery at Nahanton Park, May 4, 2016. (Photo/Julia Malakie)