Trees pruned along downtown streetscape

May 20, 2014

XENIA — Trees along the urban streetscape of downtown Xenia are ready for the coming season after being pruned recently using research-based techniques by the City of Xenia Tree Committee.

Members of the all-volunteer City of Xenia Tree Committee pruned the trees under the guidance of arborist Chuck Poore and Five Rivers MetroParks horticulturist Rich Pearson during two Sunday afternoons of work.

Trees were pruned along North and South Detroit Street in the downtown area .

Most of the trees are under ten years old, says Poore, and this was an opportune time to prune the trees to shape and guide them to grow straight and healthy. This process saves the City money in the long run and results in safer, more beautiful, healthy, and easy-to-maintain trees.

In addition, the Tree Committee saved the city approximately $630 in pruning cost, he adds.

The Tree Committee followed the proper technique of pruning that included crown thinning, which is the selective removal of stems and branches to increase light penetration and air movement throughout the crown of a tree. The intent is to improve a tree’s structure and form while making life uncomfortable for tree pests. Because the trees are in tree wells along the sidewalks, the Tree Committee also did crown raising, the removal of branches from the bottom of the crown of a tree to provide clearance for pedestrians, vehicles, buildings, or lines of site. For more information on proper Tree Pruning, go to: http://www.arborday.org/trees/tips/goodPruning.cfm.

The Tree Committee was formed in 2011 as a subcommittee of the City’s Board for Recreation, Arts, and Cultural Activities in an effort to bring like-minded volunteers together to create and facilitate a plan for development, conservation and care of Xenia’s urban forest resources, as well as to promote and raise awareness about the importance of trees in the community.

The committee meets regularly on the first Monday of each month at 1 p.m. at the Xenia Public Service Center, 966 Towler Road, Xenia. The meetings are open to the public.

The Tree Committee is supported by The Ohio State University Extension Office-Greene County Master Gardeners, Greene Soil and Water Conservation District, Greene County Parks & Trails, Five Rivers MetroParks, as well as area residents with a vested interest and extensive knowledge of trees.

For more information about the City of Xenia Tree Committee call 937-376-7232 or visit www.ci.xenia.oh.us.