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Tap Local Resources for Advice on What and Where to Plant

December 15, 1990|SHARON COHOON

Trees are remarkable plants, arborists say. They use carbon dioxide and produce oxygen, thereby helping to clean our air. They cool our buildings, reducing energy consumption. They provide shelter for wildlife and psychological solace for the human spirit. And they ask very little from us in return. Provided, that is, we give some forethought to what and where we plant.

"If you define the conditions of the area where you want to plant and then select a tree that will thrive under those conditions, trees require very little maintenance," says arborist Alden Kelly, a member of Street Trees Seminar, a local professional association dedicated to the promotion of street trees and improvement of street tree management.

These resources can help in making an informed decision:

Street Trees Seminar: The organization has produced a chart of 65 trees classified by the area required for the root system. The chart includes information on the type of tree, shape, eventual size, soil requirements, growth rate, useful life span, potential problems, general availability, and more. It is available for $5, which includes postage and handling. Contact Al Remyn at (714) 532-0325.

Tree Society of Orange County: The society offers free two-hour seminars on the proper selection, planting and maintenance of trees at the Fullerton Arboretum the first three Saturdays of every month. The society also offers presentations on tree-related topics at locations throughout the county. Call (714) 449-7170 to make seminar reservations or obtain information on other events.

University of California Cooperative Extension, Orange County: The extension has a library of prerecorded educational messages regarding home and garden concerns. Ext. 262 contains a message on planting landscape trees; Ext. 263, staking landscape trees; Ext. 264, training young landscape trees. The TELETIP line is (714) 447-7190. Call (714) 447-7150 for a complete list of messages and a catalogue of Extension publications, a number of which are related to trees.

California Releaf: If you are interested in replenishing the county's urban forest--beyond the borders of your own yard--contact Genni Cross, Releaf coordinator for Southern California, at (714) 725-0323 for a step-by-step guide to organizing a Releaf Effort in your community. Guides are also available for municipalities wanting to get involved.

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