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Trees Knoxville Volunteer Forester Certification Program: Session 2 of 5

  • Knoxville Botanic Gardens & Arboretum 2743 Wimpole Avenue Knoxville, TN, 37914 United States (map)

Session 2: Tree Selection and Proper Tree Planting

Kasey Krouse, City of Knoxville Urban Forester (45 Minutes)
Joe Castleman, Knoxville Utilities Board (30 Minutes)
Preston Roberts, Ironwood Tree Care (45 Minutes)
Planting Demonstration (1 Hour)

Students will:
1. Recognize the characteristics of a favorable and unfavorable tree selection.
2. Recognize soil characteristics and how they affect tree growth
3. Assess overhead utilities and recognize how to avoid future conflicts with trees and utilities
4. Site Assessment and how to avoid conflicts with pedestrians, vehicles, and other structures
5. Comparison of Bare Root, Containerized, and B&B Trees
6. Understand tree planting & care techniques:

  • When is it best to plant and why 
  • Select tools and equipment 
  • Proper planting and staking technique 
  • Proper mulching and re-establishing mulch rings 
  • Caring for trees after planting