"Our goal is to increase knowledge about trees and to do volunteer work and to educate citizens about trees," said president of the Charlottesville Area Tree Stewards Jay Gillenwater.
Gillenwater said traditionally trees have been planted in the spring. "And that's because your grandmother, my grandmother and parents planted trees in the spring and they planted them in the spring because that's when the stores have them. And that's when the leaves are coming out and that's when the blossoms are coming out on them," he said.
But, Gillenwater said the spring is actually not the best time for tree planting. Trees can actually adjust to the shock of transplanting better in the fall when they have three seasons to grow roots before the summer heat.
"God plants them in the fall with the seeds coming down and everything. So if you plant them in the fall you probably got a bare tree with no leaves. Not as pretty," Gillenwater said. "But the tree will say thanks and thanks and thanks because it has nine months to get its roots ready for the summer drought."
The Charlottesville Area Tree Stewards are now hosting a sale of 500 trees donated by the Department of Forestry and Conservation Services. It's the first time the organization has hosted such a sale in the fall. The trees will each cost $5 and there are rare varieties such as hazelnut, chinkapin, and chestnut oak.
During the sale, the Charlottesville Area Tree Stewards will also provide information about the trees and demonstrations on how to plant them.
Gillenwater said most trees you see in stores are planted incorrectly. "They've got about a foot or two of mulch around them and God only means for you to have about 2 inches. What the foot does is it rots the tree, the bark of the tree, and it doesn't let the ground get the oxygen," he said.
Tree guards and four-inch tree tubes will also be on sale to protect the trees.
"Trees are great. They're beautiful but they're doing a lot of work for us. They change the carbon dioxide to oxygen and we need that right now. And with little rains like this they filter the water and they prevent big runoffs," Gillenwater said. "And we think we need more of them and we need to be taking better care of them."
The sales will take place during the Charlottesville City Market every Saturday in October and during the Downtown Pavilion Safe Halloween event on October 26 from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.
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