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PTP Pruning Club


2016 Pruning Club Schedule

PTP Pruning Club
Sun., June 26, 10am-12pm
@ Belgrade and Tioga 19134


Please join us if you would like to learn proper pruning techniques, while getting to know other neighbors interested in helping to beautify the neighborhood and the city. We will focus on clearance pruning, which allows safe passage to both street traffic and sidewalk traffic. We will also prune any broken, dead, or diseased branches and weed tree pits. Volunteers will consist of beginners, seasoned amateurs, and certified professionals. Everyone is welcome and no experience is necessary. Please bring a friend if you know someone who would be interested. Tools will be available for volunteers to use as well as instruction on how to prune. Please bring eye protection, gloves, and any sharp tree pruning tools you have to pruning club events. At each pruning club event a free tree care tool will be raffled off to volunteers who attend the entire session.


About Philly Tree People Club:

Outings: The PTP Pruning Club meets a minimum of three times a year and at least one time in Spring, Summer, and Fall. We will meet additionally as needed.

Training: We’ll provide training on how to prune the trees in the neighborhood as well as instruction on other tree related work that can be done by volunteers. One or more certified arborists will be available to lead. For the most part, training will be provided on the days of the outings but may also be arranged for other times. We may have guest speakers or experts visit the neighborhood to give presentations and training on tree care topics.

Goals and Tasks (basic maintenance plan):

  • Water, prune and mulch neighborhood trees.
  • Remove stakes no longer needed, stake trees in need of additional support, and re-stake trees where stakes have fallen or are broken as needed.
  • Trim trees whose branches are obstructing sidewalks and streets.
  • Remove damaged and diseased limbs from street trees.
  • Make trees healthier and stronger by making strategic and proper pruning cuts.
  • Distribute tree care and watering reminder letters to homeowners who received trees through the Philly Tree People approximately one year after receipt of their trees.
  • Distribute tree request applications.
  • Participate in PTP tree plantings in the neighborhood and others around Philadelphia.
  • Identify and solicit suggestions and requests for blocks in need of pruning for future outings.
  • Participate in other greening projects in the neighborhood as appropriate.
  • Identify potentially hazardous trees, diseased trees, and trees that may need to be removed.
  • Meet neighbors interested in helping to beautify and maintain our urban forest.

How to get involved:
If you are interested in participating, please contact us at: or via mail at: 2771 Jasper Street, Philadelphia, PA 19134, or call one of us, so we can inform you of upcoming pruning events as well as other PTP events.

Everyone is welcome, whether beginner or experienced. Pruning tools are helpful but not necessary. Refreshments will be provided.


2016 Pruning Club Season

PTP Pruning Club
Sun., May 22, 10am-12pm @ 2400 E. York Street 19125


2015 Pruning Club Schedule

THIS SATURDAY: PTP's 2015 Pruning Club
Sat., May 9, 10am-12pm
Meet @ Marlborough and Wildey Streets
(2 volunteers; 15 trees pruned)

PTP's 2015 Pruning Club
Sun., June 28, 10am-12pm
Meet @ Martha and Hagert Streets
Please note the venue change from prior announcements: We'll now be pruning the trees outside of the Philadelphia Brewing Company.

PTP's 2015 Pruning Club
Wed., August 5, 6:30-8:30pm
Meet @ 2064 East York Street

PTP's 2015 Pruning Club
Sat., September 19, 10am-12pm
Orchard @ Cumberland St. and Frankford Ave. & PBC

PTP's 2015 Pruning Club
Sun., October 18, 2015


Philly Tree People's
Summer 2014 Pruning Club Schedule:

July 13th
10 am - 12 noon
Meet at the Corner of Sergeant and Coral Streets 19125

September 14th
10 am - 12 Noon
Ontario & Thompson Streets in 19134

October 4th
10 am - 12 Noon
Meet at the Corner of Coral & Dauphin Streets 19125

November 1st
10 am - 12 Noon
Meet at the Corner of Marlborough and Wildey Streets 19125


Philly Tree People Pruning Club Summer 2012:

Thursday, May 24, 2012 6-7:30PM @ Jasper and Somerset 19134
CANCELLED: Saturday, June 23, 2012 10-12 @ Salmon and Cumberland 19125
Wednesday, July 11, 2012 6-8PM @ York and Amber 19125
Monday, August 6, 2012 6-8PM @ Belgrade and Venango 19134
Saturday, September 15, 2012 10AM-12PM @ Emerald and Dauphin 19125


Philly Tree People Pruning Club Fall 2011:

Saturday, October 8th, 2011 (9am - Noon)
*Special Orchard Pruning Club Event*
Frankford Ave. & Cumberland St.

Sun., October 30, 2011, 10am-Noon
Belgrade and Venango Streets 19134

Sat., December 10, 2011, 10am-Noon
Salmon and Cumberland Streets 19125


Philly Tree People Pruning Club Fall 2010:

Sunday, December 5, 2010 (10 am to Noon): 19134

Philly Tree People Pruning Club Fall 2010
Sunday, November 14, 2010
(10 am to Noon):
Emerald & Dauphin Sts. (Emerald Street Park) 19125

Philly Tree People Pruning Club Fall 2010
Sunday, October 17, 2010
(10 am to Noon):
Amber & Hagert Sts. (behind Philadelphia Brewing Co.) 19125


Pruning Club Meet-up 1: Saturday, September 26, 2009, 9am – 11am, Greensgrow Farms, 2501 E Cumberland Street, 19125 (See our report) (See our photos)

Pruning Club Meet-up 2: Sunday, October 11, 2009, 9am – 11am, Richmond Street at E. Tioga Street, 19134 (A NeighborWoods Month Event sponsored by the Alliance for Community Trees) (See our report) (See our photos)

Pruning Club Meet-up 3: Sunday, November 8, 2009, 9am – 11am, Frankford Avenue at E. Palmer Street, 19125

Pruning Club Meet-up 4: Sunday, December 6, 2009, 9am – 11am, Frankford Avenue at E. York Street, 19125




Philly Tree People
Spring 2017 Planting
Sunday, April 23, 2017
2771 Jasper Street


Now Accepting Applications for our
Fall 2017 planting
Deadline 5/8/2017
Download Our Application


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