From the Editor: Fall 2014

Climber in Fall Color
Climber in Fall Color – Limbwalker Tree Service

By Royce Hall

2014 Kentucky Tree Climbing Championship

On October 18 come out to George Rogers Clark Park to cheer on your favorite Limbwalkers in the annual Kentucky Tree Climbing Championship. This free event is open to the public. There will be a supervised climb for the youngsters, and a number of local food truck options for lunch. So, come out and enjoy the show as Cory Petry, co-owner of Limbwalker, tries to defend his title and be crowned the Kentucky Tree Climbing Champion for the fourth year in a row.  For more information, click here.

Love Louisville Trees

If climbing trees is not quite your speed, maybe you should consider planting trees instead. Love Louisville Trees will have their next planting day on November 8 in the Shelby Park Neighborhood. If you would like to join the effort to reduce Louisville’s heat island by planting trees, please consider lending a hand at the next planting day. You can get more information through Love Louisville Trees’ facebook page, or contact Valerie Magnuson at valerie@louisvillegrows.org . You may also be interested in this short article from WFPL news with Valerie Magnuson, the executive director of Louisville Grows, on the need for Louisville to continue planting more trees to replace the ones we are losing.

In this EditionLLT-vert-logo-1c-2

What do we mean when someone says a soil is unhealthy? Also, if our soil is unhealthy, how do we help it become healthier? In her article, “Healthy Soil, Healthy Plants,” Jeneen Wiche helps us define “healthy soil,” and speaks about how to preserve healthy soils through proper management.

Next, Patrick Anderson finishes his two part series on tree insects in his article, “Trees and the Bugs Who Love to Eat Them part 2.” In this article, Patrick helps us identify aphids, scales, and spider mites. Remember, the first step of controlling pest insects is to properly identify the insect.

Finally, Royce Hall gives some fall tips on how to manage the leaves falling on your lawn in his article, “What To Do With Leaves On Your Lawn?” Is it best to mulch the leaves or to bag them? Will mulching the leaves smother the grass or add to the thatch layer? Check out Royce’s article to find out.