Growth Rings

Keep Your Tree Healthy in the Heat

Posted on May 19, 2015 at 3:51 pm

It’s been a long, dry spring and winter, but we all know the real heat begins after school is out for the summer. Your newly transplanted tree is growing through the process of photosynthesis. At its most basic – this scientific process that turns the energy from the sun into food for plants requires three elements:

  1. The Aforementioned Sunlight
  2. Carbon Dioxide*
  3. Water

Out of these three ingredients, tree owners can only help their trees with one part of the recipe: water.

In the first two to three years after your new tree has been transplanted, it requires 10-15 gallons of water per week during the dry periods of summer. 10-15 gallons is easy to quantify, a lot harder to estimate when you’re outside with a hose.

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To ensure the water makes its way down to the tree’s roots, you want to do a deep, through soaking when you water.

You can help keep your tree hydrated by mulching around tree – Follow the rules of 3:

  • Mulch should be applied in a 3 inch layer
  • Apply the mulch in a 3 foot circle
  • Keep mulch 3 inches away from the tree trunk on all sides.

Portlanders – Free mulch available at the FoT World Campus 3117 NE Martin Luther King Blvd. Bring your own bucket or bag for the mulch.

Help your tree thrive and stay healthy. Visit our website for more tree care tips.

garry drink

Another Way to Give a Tree 5 Gallons of Water. Don’t Try at Home.


*CO2, Concerned people worry about growing levels of this gas in the atmosphere. Carbon Dioxide is vital to life and as a bonus, it is wonderfully sequestered in trees where it’s stored as the tree grows, remains if a tree is felled and remains in part, if a tree is re-purposed as wood. Yet another reason to like trees.

Leadership Awards Luncheon May 13, 2015

Posted on May 18, 2015 at 12:12 pm

Commissioner Fish

17467357648_481d06417b_zPortland City Commissioner Nick Fish recently presided over ceremonies at Friends of Trees’ Leadership Awards Luncheon. Our eighth annual gathering, held at Multnomah Athletic Club, overlooking the Timber’s playing field at Providence Park, is organized to publicly acknowledge FoT’s supporters and bestow our Community Partner Awards. 

The Awards are an opportunity to shine the light on our supporters for their long-term commitment to the environmental health of our communities and their support of our efforts to plant trees together.  Check out this year’s winners:


Carbon Sequestration – the Green Dot Project

Posted on May 8, 2015 at 7:38 am

By Brighton West

The Green Dot Project facilitates a substantiated community consensus building process which increases human capacity to implement, measure, innovative and adopt methods to put carbon in the ground. They provide the local community with education, capacity building, problem-solving, and organizational strategies for planning and carrying out action strategies. The consensus-driven action plans are created by community members, including elders, young individuals, nonprofits, for-profits, and governmental agencies. In the consensus building process, fears are expressed and addressed, transformational beliefs and behaviors are identified and cultivated, a mechanism for action is firmly established, and action plans are developed. (more…)


Tree Inventory Volunteers needed with Portland Parks and Recreation

Posted on May 7, 2015 at 11:32 am

By Erica Timm

2012 Kenton Inventory Group shot

Kenton Inventory Group (Portland Parks & Recreation)

Interested in learning more about the composition of Portland’s urban forest? Want to increase your tree identification skills? Have some skills to share? Want to have fun in the sun this summer? If you answered “Yes” to any of these questions, please consider becoming a tree inventory team leader for Portland Parks & Recreation this summer!

The Urban Forestry Division of PP&R is organizing volunteer-powered, Neighborhood Tree Inventories again this summer — this time in twelve different neighborhoods throughout the city! The neighborhoods being inventoried include Buckman, Centennial, Hazelwood, Irvington, King, Mill Park, Montavilla, Mt. Scott-Arleta, Mt. Tabor, North Tabor, Old Town/China Town, Parkrose, Parkrose Heights, Powellhurst-Gilbert, Roseway, Sabin, Sumner, Vernon, and Woodland Park.  Data collected will include: tree species, size, health, and site conditions, as well as spaces available for future planting. (more…)