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Trees Mean Business 2015-16

In the first year of KDB’s Trees Mean Business tree planting program, TEN Denton businesses received up to five trees each! KDB’s Trees Mean Business Program grants free trees, including planting and delivery, to Denton businesses.

Find out if your business is eligible to receive FREE trees and apply here.

Apply by Friday, September 2 to receive trees in September/October of this year.

Trees Mean Business is made possible through the Denton Tree Initiative, a partnership effort between Keep Denton Beautiful and the City of Denton to plant 12,000 trees by 2019. Learn more at www.dentontreeinitiative.com.

 

See photos below of the Denton businesses and nonprofits who have benefited from Trees Mean Business so far!

Cycle Center of Denton –  five trees in spring 2016

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Denton County – eight trees split among three locations in fall 2015

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East Side Denton – three trees in spring 2016

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Good Samaritan Village – five trees in fall 2015IMG_3103e

 

Labinal Power Systems – four trees in spring 2016IMG_2916e

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MBS Seed, Inc. – five trees in fall 2015

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Mr. B’s Bookkeeping – five trees in fall 2015

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Oak St. Drafthouse – three trees in spring 2016

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The Village Church – five trees in fall 2015

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United Through Hope – five trees in spring 2016

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Thank you to our Trees Mean Business participants for taking advantage of these programs to help us plant more trees and reach our goal of 12,000 trees by 2019!

Redbud Wrap-up! Photos from the 2016 Redbud Festival

On Saturday, April 23, Denton celebrated Arbor Day at the 23rd Annual Denton Redbud Festival!

We kicked off the festivities with a ceremonial tree-planting; Mayor Chris Watts, Councilmember Joey Hawkins and his kids, Councilmember Keely Briggs, and Urban Forester Haywood Morgan planted a Live Oak in Quakertown Park.

A total of 125 3-gallon sized red oak trees were given out to Dentonites who took a 30-minute tree care class (lead by Certified Arborist, Scott Geer of Tree Shepherds, with support from City of Denton Urban Forester, Haywood Morgan), and hundreds of Redbud seedlings were given out free to festival goers!

Families with young children enjoyed a Denton Public Library tree-themed storytime at the Redbud Festival, where the first 50 participants received a free copy of the book, The Happiness Tree!

The tree planting, tree giveaway, and free children’s books at this year’s Redbud Festival were made possible through the Denton Tree Initiative, a citywide partnership between KDB and the City of Denton to plant 12,000 trees by 2019.

In addition to the Arbor Day Festivities, dozens of vendor booths with plant sales, home improvement products, local, handmade crafts, and special activities filled the Civic Center and Quakertown Park. Festival-goers enjoyed a Redbud classic – a live TRASHion Runway Show at noon – along with educational workshops and live music performances by A.M. Ramblers, Tony Ferraro, and Kim Nall & the Fringe throughout the day. A Kids Zone with bounce houses, face painting, and a Turtle Discovery exhibit were a draw for young attendees.

The Denton Redbud Festival is one of our favorite events every year! It has such a wonderful, curated, community feel. Thank you so much to all of our amazing volunteers, sponsors, and supporters for making this festival possible!

Adrian Samano of Adrian Samano Photography beautifully captured the spirit of this event through the photos below!

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What to Plant in Denton this September

It’s bluebonnet season! Wait – what? Okay, so you won’t find those lovely patches of Texas’ favorite wildflower blooming just yet. But September is the perfect time to spread bluebonnet seeds.

Use your Texas wildflower seed packet if you’re a KDB Member, and spread the seeds in an area of your yard where they can disperse over time without being mowed. Consult the Texas Department of Transportation website for specific tips on planting bluebonnets.

Curious about why bluebonnets seem to be dwindling in the Denton area? KDB Director Lauren Barker was interviewed last spring over that exact topic! Adding bluebonnets to your yard, and allowing them to reseed each year, will help to establish a healthy Denton bluebonnet population over time.

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Photo of bluebonnets by KDB Intern Haley Pittman

If you have existing perennial flowers in your garden, consider dividing them this month. Dividing flowers aids their growth process in a number of ways. First, it controls their growth. Flowers that have taken over your garden are less likely to take over after being divided into separate flowerbeds. Second, this process actually revitalizes them for abundant growth in the spring! Struggling plants can produce more blossoms, and will grow stronger come springtime.

Don’t forget to mark your calendars for our annual Community Tree Giveaway on October 24 – if you plan on registering for a free tree, you can plant it next month. Registration for the Community Tree Giveaway opens on Monday, September 21. And if you needed another reason to become a KDB member, make note that members can register for a free tree one week earlier, starting Monday, September 14!

At last year's Tree Giveaway, we gave out almost 1,000 free trees in the community!
At last year’s Tree Giveaway, we gave out 750 free trees to Denton residents!

 

For more advice on pruning and planting, check out some tips from our friends with the Denton County Master Gardener Association and the Denton County AgriLife Extension Office.

Finally, be sure to buy your starters, seeds and supplies from our local partners Painted Flower Farm and Four Seasons Nursery, and get a KDB members-only discount when you renew your membership for 2015! Just show your KDB membership card at checkout.

Enjoy your fall gardens, and as always, happy planting from all of us at KDB!