Michigan Oak Wilt Coalition In 2017, ReLeaf Michigan became a founding member of the Michigan Oak Wilt Coalition, a partnership between private, nonprofit and government organizations. Led by the Arboriculture Society of Michigan (ASM), the partnership also includes representatives from Michigan State University, the Michigan Department of Natural Resources, the Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development, the Michigan Forest Association, electric utilities and private companies.
Oak wilt is a fungal disease that is fatal to oak trees and has gained significant momentum throughout Michigan in recent years. The Oak Wilt Coalition's goal is to increase awareness how to prevent the spread of oak wilt and protect our state's valuable oak tree population. Visit michiganoakwilt.org to learn more.
Grand Traverse Bay Watershed Water quality protection within the Great Lakes directly affects our day-to-day lives. The Great Lakes account for approximately 94% of North America’s fresh water. In 2016, ReLeaf Michigan, the Michigan Department of Natural Resources, the Watershed Center Grand Traverse Bay, and Davey Resource Group received a U.S. Forest Service Landscape Scale Restoration grant to employ community forestry as a local strategy to intercept stormwater, reduce runoff, and meaningfully improve water quality in the Grand Traverse Bay.
Through this program, project partners have worked closely with the Villages of Bellaire, Elk Rapids, Kalkaska, Kingsley, Northport using i-Tree Canopy, and the Township of Leelanau using i-Tree Landscape to complete this Tree Canopy Assessment, implement local community outreach, and support the villages in planting 250 trees in locations selected to maximize stormwater mitigation and improve water quality within the Grand Traverse Bay. To examine trends across these communities, the assessment was performed using 2016 aerial imagery to classify land cover, determine ecosystem benefits, and examine issues of local interest. This report summarizes these findings and provides recommendations for improving and maintaining the community forest. Learn more.
A Pocket Guide to Planting Trees Download ReLeaf Michigan's guide for tips and advice on when and how to plant trees. By following these tips, you can make sure your trees have the best chance of adapting to their new ground and staying healthy. How to Plant a Seedling Download ReLeaf Michigan's guide for tips and advice on when and how to plant a seedling with the best chance of it remaining healthy into adulthood.
Tree Owner's Manual for the Midwest US Department of Agriculture Forest Service From selecting trees to planting and caring for them, this is a great guide for any property owner.
Post-Planting Care for Street Trees A newly planted tree will require some attention from time to time throughout its life. The most important period of survival is the first few years following the planting.
Give your tree a strong start by watering it once a week during the first two years, each year until the ground freezes, then once a month over the next two summers. It should be watered deeply (12” to 18”) so that the water can soak down to the depth at which it may be used by the tree. A good watering is 15 gallons applied slowly, with a soaker hose or a hose on a slow trickle, for approximately 30 minutes within the mulched area around the tree.
Try to keep grass and weeds away from the base of the tree, as they tend to use water and nutrients that should go to your tree. A three-inch thick mulch of wood chips around the tree helps retain moisture and discourages weed growth. When mulching, be sure to keep the trunk dry by creating a mulch-free doughnut around the base of the tree.
Avoid spraying any broad-leaf weed killers, such as weed and feed, turf builder, etc., near the base of your tree. Also, weed whips and mowers can cause death due to repeated trunk injury.