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Chipped and Mulchy

Learn how to turn tree prunings into
mulch during this free hands-on workshop!

February 2, 2017

Upcoming Events

What: Free Hands-On Neighborhood Tree-Pruning & Mulching Workshop
When: Saturday, February 11, at 9:00am
Where: Dunbar/Spring Community Garden and Orchard Space
NW corner of 11th Ave and University Blvd 

It’s always a great weekend when you get some yard work done… even if it’s not at your own home.

Dunbar/Spring Neighborhood Foresters, Desert Harvesters, and the LEAF Network are sponsoring a free pruning and mulching workshop to help you turn brush and bulky into chipped and mulchy. After a demonstration from some awesome instructors, you’ll move to various parts of the Dunbar/Spring neighborhood to get hands-on experience as you help prune native and domesticated food-bearing trees in the neighborhood’s public rights-of-way.* Immediately after pruning, you will turn the prunings into mulch with a chipper/shredder. By mulching in this way, the pruned biomass is recycled back into the root zone of the trees it came from; nothing is thrown away or removed from the natural system.

Instructors
Aleck Mackinnon, local certified arborist of The Pedaling Arborist will be assisted by Brad Lancaster of Rainwater Harvesting for Drylands and Beyond and Omar Ore-Giron of Native Roots Landscaping. They will cover subjects such as:

  • Best pruning times, techniques, and tools.
  • How to best maintain city clearance standards for trees in the public right-of-way along footpaths and streets.
  • How to reuse prunings (cut up with hand tools or chipped with chipper/shredder) as an ascetically-pleasing, water-conserving, fertility-enhancing mulch.

This workshop is open to, and can be attended by, EVERYONE, no matter what neighborhood you live in. The goal of this workshop is to replicate and evolve this practice among other Tucson neighborhoods such as your own.

*Note: All public rights-of-way in front of properties must maintain a minimum continuous clear walkway area 5 feet wide and 7 feet tall to make our neighborhood walkways and forests accessible for all.

See the Dunbar/Spring Neighborhood Walkability Study here.


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