RICHARDSON – Certified arborists and City of Richardson Park professionals hosted a tree planting demonstration over the weekend at two popular parks that experienced damage after two severe weather events last year.

People from around the community gathered at Richland Park and Cottonwood Park to learn how to handle a damaged tree, how to pick a good tree from the nursery and how to plant it and care for it once it’s in the ground.

“That is what the Texas Tree Foundation is about, promoting proper forestry practices around the DFW area. Anytime we get to come out and meet one on one with residents and talk about trees, we’ll be there,” said Matt Grubisich, director of operations for the Texas Tree Foundation.

Richardson Plants is an ongoing initiative that includes programs such as Tree the Town, Richardson Re-Plants, the Beautification Matching Fund, and Operation Bloomtown, whereby an individual or group can participate in the beautification of Richardson’s neighborhoods, parks and roadways. City staff provides help in choosing the right plant material, the right placing and spacing, and helps design the most efficient way to irrigate, care for and sustain the plant material to ensure a successful planting project.

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