- “Mulching Party” events focus on weeding and mulching tree pits, picking up litter, and other general beautification activities. All are welcome to attend Mulching Party events.
- “Pruning Workshops” are focused solely on pruning trees and are exclusive to graduates of our Tree Tenders program.
- “Forest Restoration Events” are focused on restoring forested green spaces in communities throughout Pittsburgh. Activities include removing invasive species, picking up litter or dumped refuse, and caring for young or newly planted trees.
Tree Pittsburgh reserves Tuesday and Thursday evenings from 5:00–8:00 p.m. as well as Saturday mornings from 10:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m. for Mulching Party or Pruning Workshop events. Exceptions can be made to accommodate religious observations or other extenuating circumstances.
Tree Pittsburgh requires at least 5 people to be signed up for an event in order for us to participate. We will help promote the event via our website and social media, but ultimately it is up to you to ensure that at least 5 members of your community are registered to participate.
When you partner with Tree Pittsburgh to care for your neighborhood trees, we can provide the following:
- Free mulch!
- Tools, gloves, safety vests, and other useful materials.
- Expert staff with experience leading volunteers and educating the public about trees.
- Promotion of the event via social media, e-newsletter, events calendar, etc.
- Clearance of volunteer activities with the City of Pittsburgh’s Legal Department.
In the City of Pittsburgh, it is illegal for citizens to prune public trees without a permit. Tree Pittsburgh has a permit to prune public trees which covers our volunteers as long as one of our ISA Certified Arborists is present to supervise the pruning.
All of Tree Pittsburgh’s open volunteer events are listed on our event calendar.
Tree Pittsburgh can help facilitate communication between Tree Tenders. Contact us at email@example.com to get connected to your fellow neighborhood Tree Tenders.
Each tree should be thoroughly weeded and mulched at least once between March and October (though maintenance weeding should be done as persistently as possible).
Depending on how many trees there are and how many volunteers can be recruited, this may be accomplished in one event or spread over several events and several months.
Pruning trees once per year during the winter months is ideal, although this can be flexible depending on tree species and health. Pruning Workshops should be scheduled with these factors in mind.
Tree Tenders graduates are eligible for a pair of Felco pruners upon completing eight hours of volunteer work including one pruning workshop.
After receiving pruners, eight more hours of volunteering plus participation in at least one mulching party will earn you a weeding cultivator.
Graduates who continue to volunteer for eight more hours and participate in a second pruning workshop will earn the final prize: a Silky Pocketboy pruning saw.