Com­mu­ni­ty tree care events are a great way to get to know your neigh­bors, spend time with friends, and take care of new­ly plant­ed trees in your neigh­bor­hood.

Orga­niz­ing an event is sim­ple! To hold an event in your com­mu­ni­ty, con­tact jake@treepittsburgh.org and we’ll work with you as much or as lit­tle as you need to car­ry out a suc­cess­ful tree care event in your com­mu­ni­ty. See the FAQ sec­tion below for more details, and feel free to con­tact us direct­ly with any ques­tions you have.

Tree Care Event FAQs

What kind of events can we hold in my neigh­bor­hood?
  • 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.
Are there spe­cif­ic times when I can sched­ule events?

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.

Is there a min­i­mum num­ber of par­tic­i­pants that need to sign up?

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.

Why should I ask for Tree Pittsburgh’s help rather than just do the work myself?

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.
Can I prune street trees on my own?

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.

How can I find infor­ma­tion about Mulching Par­ty or Prun­ing Work­shop events hap­pen­ing around the city?

All of Tree Pittsburgh’s open vol­un­teer events are list­ed on our event cal­en­dar.

How can I find out if there are oth­er Tree Ten­ders in my neigh­bor­hood and how to get in touch with them?

Tree Pitts­burgh can help facil­i­tate com­mu­ni­ca­tion between Tree Ten­ders. Con­tact us at info@treepittsburgh.org to get con­nect­ed to your fel­low neigh­bor­hood Tree Ten­ders.

How often should I hold events in my neigh­bor­hood?

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.

How do I get my free pair of Fel­co pruners and oth­er prizes?

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.

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