Saturday, September 20, 2008
Go plant a tree
Tacoma wants you to go green. To help, the city and Metro Parks offer tree-planting tips and guidelines. And maybe even some free trees.
It seems so basic, the planting of a tree.
But there is one thing homeowners need to do before doing so:
“Look up,” said Kathy Sutalo, urban forester for Metro Parks Tacoma.
And: “Look around,” said Jennifer Kammerzelle, urban forester for the city.
All too often, South Sound residents plant trees – even in city owned sidewalk strips – without considering how the trees’ growth might affect power lines or city streets and sidewalks.
“It’s like buying a dog and putting it in a tiny doghouse without realizing it’s going to grow into a Great Dane,” Sutalo said. Today’s Home and Garden section is full of tree-planting tips and rules and regulations from the city and Metro Parks.
Before you plant, read up.
The painting is by Laura Tasheiko