2017 Cranston Neighborhood Planting Program

A partnership between the City of Cranston and the RI Tree Council

FREE trees for planting on private property are now available to Cranston residents who meet program eligibility requirements. A SHADE TREE between 8-10 feet tall with a 4-6 foot crown spread will be available. They will be furnished and installed in spring 2017 (April 1 – May 30) at no cost to the home-owner. That’s a $250 value!!

Application deadline has been EXTENDED to April 28, 2017

Dormant Pruning

Dormant Pruning

Plant dormancy is defined as the resting phase of a plant's annual life cycle. It's characterized by a drop-off in energy use and major plant functions (i.e. transpiration, photosynthesis, respiration, etc.,). Triggered by shortening day-length and several deep frosts, the plant dormant period usually starts in late November and ends when plant buds begin to swell in late March-early April.That's a stretch of about 4 months of relative calm for trees and shrubbery.

Girdling Roots

Girdling Roots

The injury or death of trees and shrubbery from roots girdling their stems is becoming almost as bad a problem as volcano mulching and poor pruning.

The USDA-FS recently published a list of the major causes of girdling root problems. At the top of the list was container grown plants.