Releaf Grant Helps Fund Arbor Day

April 10, 2019

Benicia Tree Foundation sponsored Tree Care Days at Joe Henderson Elementary School on March 30 and April 6.  These tree care days included weeding and pruning trees that were planted by students at the school in 2012. 

The trees had grown to the point where structural pruning was needed.  Trees that grow to be large are more structurally sound and cost-effective to maintain when trained with a central dominant leader that extends into the crown.  Side branches should be staggered along the leader and trunk rather than clustered together.

Supervisor Monica Brown, who represents Benicia on the Solano County Board of Supervisors, welcomed the volunteers at the March 30th Tree Care Day.

Volunteers learned to evaluate trees to determine where growth was diseased or damaged and where structural pruning should be considered.  Using hand saws, pole pruners and loppers, volunteers practiced on a number of Chinese pistache (Pistache chinensis) planted at the school entrance and along the playfield next to Jack London Park. 

The tools used in these pruning clinics were purchased with funds provided by California Releaf, the U.S. Forest Service, the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection, and Pacific Gas & Electric.

Group Photo

Above:  Volunteers at Joe Henderson Elementary School for the March 30 Tree Care Day.

Supervisor Monica Brown at Joe Henderson Elementary School

Above:  Solano County Supervisor Monica Brown, greets volunteers for the March 30 Tree Care Day at Joe Henderson Elementary School

Volunteer with handsaw

Above:  Volunteer practices tree pruning with handsaw.