Hands-On Pruning and Mulching Workshop


Open to all - Starts at 9am, stay as long as you can or want
Cost: $5 suggested donation, though no one will be turned away due to lack of funds.
Where: the Dunbar/Spring Community Garden/Orchard space (NW corner of 11th Ave and University Blvd).

After demonstration we will move to various parts of the neighborhood to get supervised hands-on experience as we help prune native and domesticated food-bearing trees in our neighborhood’s public rights-of-way.

This is an incredible learning opportunity as every six months we revisit and rework areas pruned so we see the effect of our good work and mistakes, thereby enabling us to improve and evolve with the expert guidance from certified arborist Aleck MacKinnon. Professionals can also get continued education credits for the workshop from Aleck.

Instructors: certified arborist Aleck MacKinnon of the Pedaling Arborist, assisted by Brad Lancaster of Rainwater Harvesting for Drylands and Beyond, Omar Ore- Giron of Native Roots Landscaping, and Rocky Yosek of Trees for Tucson. Bring pruning tools if you have them. We’ll provide for those that don’t.

Mulch service turning “wastes” into resources:

After the pruning, Omar will offer a service to haul prunings to Tank’s Materials and deliver a cubic yard of mulch. Cost averages $40 to $50

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.

NOTE: All public rights-of-ways adjoining properties must maintain a continuous clear walkway area a minimum 5 feet wide and 7 feet tall to make our neighborhood walkways and forests accessible for all.

See our Dunbar/Spring Neighborhood Walkability Study here. Sponsored by the Dunbar/Spring Neighborhood Foresters and Desert Harvesters with support from Trees for Tucson

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