Tree maintenance workshop planned for Fennimore | New


On a Saturday in mid-September, 19 people gathered at Gays Mills to learn about tree care from certified arborist Butch Whitney. Whitney is a third generation arborist and owner of Whitney Tree Service LLC of Monroe, Wisconsin.

Whitney opened the workshop by describing the biology and basic growth of trees. Workshop participants then heard the importance of selecting an appropriate tree for the soil and area, planting it in the right place (not too close to buildings or under utility lines) and why planting a tree too deeply can be fatal.

They learned about the important benefits of applying organic mulch under the tree canopy and the problems resulting from mulch that is too thick (more than 3 or 4 inches in total) or stacked against tree trunks.

Appropriate watering techniques for new and established trees were discussed. Trees need to receive water regularly, either from natural precipitation or from their human custodians. Although the amount of water needed will depend on the species of tree, the size of the tree, the type of soil, the weather conditions and the time of year, it is always important to bring plenty of water. water to nourishing roots that grow below the tree’s drip line.

Whitney spoke about the challenges of tree health and noted that mower damage is the most common killer of urban trees.

If you want more details on tree maintenance, you’re in luck! Whitney will meet with tree owners for a similar workshop in Fennimore on Saturday, October 16 from 9 a.m. to noon at the Fennimore Memorial Building at 860 Lincoln Ave. Contact Margaret Sprague at 608-778-2483 for registration details. There is no charge to attend the workshop in Fennimore. You can register online at


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