Tree mulching in Cedarvale

Mulch pile: Cheryl Post (centre) and Jessica Iraci, city staff, and John Cummings

On the hot Sunday of 18th August at 10 am, a small group of us gathered to mulch young trees on the slope facing the Phil White Arena. This was a city-sponsored event, with volunteers organized by Friends of Cedarvale. Cheryl first told us the main reasons for mulching: better water retention and reducing competition from other plants. She gave us a demonstration of how to clear a space around the tree and create a “doughnut” of mulch around it, leaving a hole in the circle of mulch around the trunk of the tree.

Gillian Kranias, ready to attack undergrowth with clippers!

Then it was time to start the hard work. Cheryl and Jessica filled the containers with mulch and the 7 volunteers (Ivor, Roberta, Marilyn, Laura, Gillian, Juno and me) lugged the containers up the hill and mulched the young white pines, maples, trembling aspens and other native trees. We quickly tired as the heat increased (at least I did) and were glad of the refreshments the Friends had provided.

The group at the end – looking forward to a shower! Photographer Juno in foreground.

Our next event will be a “Tree Walk” with John Routh, urban forester, on Sunday 8th September at 2 pm, starting from the subway entrance on Heath St West at the south end of the ravine.

John Cummings