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WELCOME to the website for Trees for Watertown, Watertown's volunteer citizen tree advocacy group!
Trees for Watertown's mission is to care for our community and environment, by

     • promoting the planting and preservation of shade trees
 
     • serving as an educational resource as to the beauty,
       value, and requirements of trees
 
     • collaborating with town departments, local, regional
       and national organizations, and the public to support a
       healthy urban forest in Watertown, Massachusetts.



TREE NEWS

On Saturday, April 5, 2014, TFW transplanted five Osage Orange
trees from the Grove Street Community Garden tree nursery 
to street sites where neighboring citizens have volunteered
to water them.
 
Big thanks for a successful effort go to Watertown's Tree Warden
Chris Hayward and Leo's Landscaping for preparing the planting
sites, to our hard-working TFW transplant team, and to our
volunteer neighborhood tree stewards! 

Here's the new Standish St. Osage Orange with two of its
neighbor tree stewards.


New Osage Orange on Standish St.





The Successful Tree Planting Initiative is a series of articles from the Massachusetts Urban & Community Forestry Program detailing how to improve urban shade tree survival. (Quick summary:  plant them right!)

Here are links to these hugely informative articles.

     Part I      Conducting a Site Assessment
     Part II     Tree Selection
     Part III    Tree Establishment




Occasional TFW articles in the Watertown Tab & Press give quick, easy-to-read information about best practices for urban home landscapes.  You can link to published articles here:

     Part I     What's So Bad About Leaf Blowers?
     Part II    What's So Bad About "Mulch Volcanoes"?
     Part III   What's So Great About a Shade Tree?
 



TFW's Osage Orange saplings spent three years in TFW's tree nursery. 
See how tall they were in Fall 2013! 

These trees were transplanted to sites on Watertown streets in Spring, 2014.  We'll update you on how they do.

Osage Oranges Fall 2013




CLICK HERE for info about Watertown's TFW-sponsored
public conversation on "What is a Tree Worth?"
Watch the video on YouTube!


CLICK HERE to download a brochure on
22 Benefits of Urban Shade Trees

HELP TFW PLANT TREES ON APRIL 19!

Would you like to help plant some trees
 this Spring?  Trees for Watertown will
transplant three more Osage Orange saplings 
out into the community on
Saturday, April 19.

Please contact us if you're interested
 in helping out with this planting.  Thanks! 



CONSTRUCTION DAMAGE KILLS TREES


Major road reconstruction along the Watertown/Belmont border has wrought serious damage to Belmont trees, despite explicit protections in the work contract .  Let's prevent this contractor from damaging Watertown trees.

PLEASE HELP PROTECT OUR SHADE TREES!

Here's a picture from Cambridge of the minimum  protective barrier recommended during construction work.

Huron Ave Tree protection

The City of Cambridge strives to make sure contractors are protecting street trees.  Watertown should follow this good example. 

If you observe construction or pruning activities that you feel may be damaging public shade trees,
please notify TFW and CONTACT THE TREE WARDEN AND YOUR TOWN COUNCILOR IMMEDIATELY.

Utility pruning can seriously damage trees. See below for an example of the aggressive pruning protocol NSTAR subscribes to.

For email or text message announcements
about public shade tree hearings or
utility pruning schedules, go to Watertown's NOTIFY ME website and select Tree Warden.

NSTAR Utility Pruning, June 2010
NSTAR utility pruning example






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