Emergency Tornado Relief Tree Planting Nashville TN

It first came to us as an invitation to an emergency tornado relief tree planting from Margo Owen of Nashville Tree Foundation in Nashville TN.

Experienced volunteers required

Because of our Covid circumstances it was decided that only experienced volunteers could safely and effectively complete the project. Volunteer teams planted over 500 2” caliper trees in three days. A variety of six different trees was available: Bald Cypress, Accolade Elm, American Beech, ‘Red Sunset’ Maple and Pin Oak. The Cumberland River Compact guided homeowners to pick trees and their planting locations on their property. They also dug the holes which was a big help.

two inch caliper trees in pots
Brought on a trailer the trees have been staged in a lot
most importantly water after planting
Don’t forget to water after planting

How was this first Covid tree planting?

Our team of two, Trish and I, with our own tools, planted 18 trees in three consecutive afternoons visiting nine homes. The residents gave us a warm welcome. They very respectfully observed social distancing and wore masks as we did. Some of them wanted to plant the trees themselves. As it was not possible time wise, we explained how to plant and why while proceeding. Next time they will be able to plant their own trees. Although we were not required to water the trees, we decided to water them immediately because of the heat and some of the trees being already dry and stressed.

Lesson learned

This was a good exercise foreshadowing how this coming fall tree planting under Root Nashville will proceed. CRC has now set procedures for small group Covid tree planting. This was a very uplifting event since the tree planting spring season was cut short.

A successful event for Nashville

Thanks to the coordinators “Gray Perry and Meg Morgan team” of the Cumberland River Compact the event was a success. CRC, Nashville Tree Foundation, Metro Nashville Public Works, Nashville Tree Conservation Corps teamed up for this event. Hale and Hines Nursery of Mc Minnville donated the trees.

This emergency tornado relief tree planting in Nashville TN will be followed this fall by more tornado relief tree planting. Keep an eye on RootNashville event calendar.

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