"The care of the Earth is our most ancient and most worthy,
and after all, our most pleasing responsibility. ”
Invasives choking out your trees? We offer ivy (and other invasive plants) removal on an hourly basis. We advocate non-pesticide removal, because we love bees as much as we love trees.
Interested in doing the work yourself? We'll come out and share everything we've learned about removing invasives safely from your trees and other plants. Contact us today for details.
"I just returned from a trip, and want to say that we're so pleased with the job you're doing. I can almost feel the trees breathing a sigh of relief!" -Scott
From The Workshop on Linking Ecology and Horticulture To Prevent Plant Invasions, the Saint Louis Declaration includes voluntary codes of conduct for government, nursery professionals, the gardening public (that's ALL of US,) landscape architects, and botanic gardens and arboreta, relative to non-native invasives.
Fantastic resource for homeowners from the International Society of Arboriculture: http://www.treesaregood.org/treeowner/treeownerinformation
What Tree is That? A interactive tree ID field guide from Arbor Day Foundation: https://www.arborday.org/trees/whatTree/
Learn how to safely remove ivy from your trees, thanks to Tree Stewards of Arlington & Alexandria, VA: https://treestewards.org/take-ivy-off-trees/
Asheville Tree Commission's 2018 Annual Report to City Council: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1A9v72lCHXgKbzzlm27gIeFC1BvWYP4W1/view
Publication: "The Benefits of Urban Trees: A Summary of the Benefits of Urban Trees Accompanied by a Selection of Research Papers and Pamphlets" by the Warwick District Council
Demonstrate your commitment to nature with National Wildlife Federation's Certified Wildlife Habitat program.
Discover and grow native plants in your yard.
Here are 40 great reasons to get rid of English ivy from Colin Purrington: https://tinyurl.com/yyfcuzx5
NC Forest Service Invasive Plants Information:
https://www.ncforestservice.gov/forest_health/invasives.htm *Please note that while the Forestry Service recommends broad application of glyphosphate and pesticides to fight invasive plants, we DO NOT. These means are largely ineffective and unnecessarily poison our land, water and pollinators.
Create a schoolyard (or backyard) habitat for Monarchs and other pollinators.
Nature Play at Home, a great resource for instilling the love of nature in children, while also getting them OUTSIDE! A joint publication of National Wildlife Federation and NC State Design.
We're concerned about invasives on private property AND public lands. We're happy to share opportunities in our communities to give the trees some love. Have an event to share? Please contact us.
Basic Tree Workshops presented by Asheville Greenworks - Note Venue Change! All workshops are on Tuesdays at 6-7:30pm at Fifth Season Gardening, 4 S. Tunnel Road, Asheville, NC 28805.
March 19th: Maintenance Requirements for Urban Trees - Register here
March 26th: Tree Protection in Asheville - Register here
Wednesday, March 27th, 6-7pm: Backyard Composting Workshop - FREE. New Belgium Brewery. RSVP here.
Saturday, March 30th, 9am-1pm: Asheville Tree Giveaway - FREE. First Baptist Church, 5 Oak Street, Asheville, 28801. Pre-register to hold your spot. Participants will be asked to bring a valid form of ID or most recent water bill to verify residency in Buncombe County.
Sunday, March 31st, 10am-noon: WABA Haywood Road cleanup. Meet at Zia Taqueria at 10am. Please RSVP here.
Sunday, March 31st, noon-2pm: WNC For the Planet launch party - FREE. New Belgium Brewery. Join AGW and other environmental non-profits as we kick off Earth Month with kid-friendly activities, costume contest, and information about all of the events going on in April. More information here.
March 10: We joined the Kenilworth Residents' Association and Asheville GreenWorks in the Seven Springs Park clean-up. Spent 3 hours reclaiming the trail; pulling invasives like English ivy & Multiflora rose; cleaning the creek, and pruning. See photo gallery for pics!
March 12: Marsha attended the Tree Preservation Task Force meeting hosted by Asheville GreenWorks. The all volunteer group meets monthly, and you can find the schedule here: https://www.ashevillenc.gov/departments/city_clerk/boards_n_commissions/tree_commission.htm
For as long as I can remember, I've sought solace and refuge in the trees. When I moved into the city of Asheville, after living in "the mountains" of Barnardsville for 7 years, I was shocked by the situation with English Ivy in our neighborhoods. I'm concerned about the loss of the tree canopy across the globe; I decided to focus on the issue in my own backyard.
Trees are one of our most precious resources, and we're losing them at an alarming rate. Invasive plants like English Ivy, Oriental Bittersweet, Virginia Creeper, and Kudzu are literally strangling the life out of trees, covering our landscapes, and choking out native, beneficial plants that provide habitat for critters of all shapes and sizes. The costs are immeasurable in so many ways.
I decided to stop complaining and start doing. I'm taking a stand against invasive plants that threaten so much more than our trees. One yard at a time. One tree at a time. I'm spreading awareness, advocating for our trees, and helping homeowners who'd rather outsource their ivy removal.
I hope you'll use this website as a resource. Share it with family and friends. If you see invasive plants overtaking trees or plants in your yard or another, do something or say something.
It's up to all of us. The costs are too great to ignore.
Asheville loses more trees every day due to growth and development. In fact, it's estimated that Asheville has lost close to 10% of its tree canopy in the past 10 years. For every removal job over $100, we'll plant a tree. Entrust your trees to us, and a percentage of our profit will help replace this precious resource. One tree at a time...
Send a note or give us a call to schedule a free "Save My Trees!" Consultation. We're here for you...and the trees.