Each year, winter brings cold weather, snow, ice, and dormancy to our trees. Here at Tree Pittsburgh, our tree care activities slow down (though we still host pruning workshops, as it's the most ideal time of the year to prune). Insect and disease pests are dead or dormant for the season. In the winter, a larger threat to dormant trees emerges. It attacks healthy trees as well as sick trees, large trees as well as small ones. This winter time threat? De-icing salt.
If you bought a live Christmas tree this year, don’t just toss it to the curb! It will be collected by the refuse crews as regular refuse. Instead, take it to one of the City of Pittsburgh’s drop-off locations, and it will be composted. Trees must have all ornaments, lights and stands removed. Absolutely no trees in plastic bags or netting will be accepted.
Tuesday, December 4, Tree Pittsburgh and the Polish Hill Civic Association (PHCA) teamed up to plant 25 new saplings on the forested hillside along Melwood Avenue just west of the Bloomfield Bridge. This hillside has been a focus of ecological restoration efforts by community members for several seasons now. The area, known as “Melwood Park” in the Polish Hill community plan, was a public green space for past generations, and current residents are striving to reclaim the area for that same purpose.