The Morton Arboretum has received its eighth, $10,000 annual contribution from The Care of Trees of Wheeling, Ill., part of the company’s 10-year commitment to provide $100,000 to the Arboretum for tree research.
“The Care of Trees is committed to The Morton Arboretum, a top-notch research institution that tackles a wide variety of tree care issues, including root and soil matters, which are the more difficult aspects to investigate. The Arboretum is one of a few organizations that can devote enough time to delve into those aspects,” said Rex Bastian, Vice President of Field Education and Development at The Care of Trees.
The funding is “unique and invaluable,” according to Dr. Gary Watson, Arboretum Head of Research, who notes that approximately 10 projects have been possible because of The Care of Trees’ support. In keeping with the Arboretum’s mission, the Research Program conducts practical scientific research to improve the care and management of trees.
The Care of Trees grants have supported investigations into the effects of construction on tree root systems, including soil compaction and direct damage to roots. One of the studies showed that reducing the crown leaf area can help avoid decline after severe root injury. Another showed that severing roots is not likely to lead to extensive root decay, though stress is always a concern.
The Arboretum and The Care of Trees have a common interest: to ascertain the best practices in growth and care of trees for a greener, healthier and more beautiful world.
“We’re proud to commit to research that will help arborists and homeowners everywhere,” Bastian said.