Below is a list of arboretum work details for this off season. Pick your job, read the description and complete. After each description is a link to e-mail your completed work. report online or by smart phone. (Report: name, work title, date of completion, notes)
2020-2021 WORK DETAIL
PROJECT 1: DOGWOOD COPPICE 2
Coppice all dogwoods located on west side of duck pond in Waterways. Pile branches along pathway for pick-up.
Coppice dogwoods along southeast side of pathway between owl and vultures. Pile branches along path for pick-up.
PROJECT 2: ELDERBERRY/VIBURNUM CLEAN-UP
Prune out dead and unhealthy branches. Remove any suckers and trim height where needed. Remove any cross branched growth. Pile cut branches along pathway for pick-up
PROJECT 3: HOMESTEAD SPRUCE CLEAN-UP 1
COMPLETED-East of Lilacs
Remove excess trunk growth on tree (left). Clean out and prune dead branches along entire north side of pathway. Zoo request that low growth living branches remain to hide service road from view. Pile branches along pathway for pick-up.
PROJECT 5: PLUM/APPLE TREE CLEAN-UP
The goal of this project is to clean-out excess branching within the interior of the Plum and Apple trees. The Plum tree on the east side was completed 2020 which can be used for comparison. Some branches may be too high to reach. Pile cutting along pathway for pick-up.
PROJECT 7: WICHITA BLUE CLEAN-UP
The purpose of this project is to lift branches off the ground by cutting out excess growth. These 'blues" are located along the main path between the Sensory Garden entry and the Schoolhouse Entry. Pile cut branches along path for pick-up.
PROJECT 9: GEM PEAR TREE PRUNING
Prune small interior branches of Pear tree located on South Hill of Sensory Garden. The goal is to open up the interior of tree for better ventilation. Prune any waterspouts, cross over branches and excess growth. Pile cuttings along nearest pathway.
PROJECT 11: SQUAW CURRENT CLEAN-UP
Located at the upper Bear viewing area on a tree island. These Squaw Currants were pruned last spring and introduced rapid growth over the summer. Therefore, more pruning is needed to control growth. Cut out and thin out excess growth. Cuttings can be piled near pathway for pick-up.
PROJECT 4: HOMESTEAD SPRUCE CLEAN-UP 2
Prune bottom branches 18-24" above ground. Remove any dead branches from understory. Pile branches along pathway for pick-up
PROJECT 6: CORNELIAN DOGWOOD RESCUE
This Dogwood (look for signage) is located in what's called the Hidee-Hole near the irrigation boxes. It is being surrounded by a Chinese Juniper. The goal is to remove excess juniper branches to give Dogwood extra room for growth. This Dogwood is the first to bloom each spring. Cuttings can be left in Hidee-Hole.
PROJECT 8: CARAGANA CLEAN-UP
Remove existing "Honeysuckle" behind bush, thin out excess growth of Caragana, trim off height of branches, remove any old stumps. Cuttings can be left along pathway for pick-up.
PROJECT 10: SENSORY GARDEN SOUTH HILL CLEAN-UP
The purpose of this project is to remove any excess growth of unwanted trees along the top of the south hill of the Sensory Garden. The trees to be removed include Russian Olive and Buckthorns. Also, trim out any suckers of existing lilac tree (look for signage). The goal is to eventually add new lilac specimens along top of hill and to re-establish original "Gardener's Walk" which included several lilac specimens. Also, cut our any excess growth of existing Austrian Pine. Cuttings can be piled nearest pathway for pick-up.
PROJECT 12: COLORADO BLUE SPRUCE PRUNE
Remove bottom branches to expose sprinkler heads which will give that area better irrigation coverage during the summer months. This tree was planted in 2004 and has shown good growth due to the sprinkler location. Tree can be accessed from Bear Meadows or Waterways. Cuttings can be piled by nearest pathway.