Fraxinus pennsylvanica. Prunus virginiana. Ulmus americana. You probably don’t know these plants by their cryptic scientific names, but you’ve definitely seen them.
According to the City of Edmonton’s open data portal, there are over 15,000 trees rooted on public property in the downtown area, including over 500 fruit trees. They contribute to flood mitigation, air pollution control, beautification and food security. They all require different maintenance, so leave the pruning, trimming and removal to City staff.
But there’s one easy way residents and business owners can be better urban stewards: Point your hoses and sprinklers at nearby trees during drier seasons—especially after such a mild winter. Not everything has to be so complicated.