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What Every Homeowner Needs To Know About Their Aging Trees

Below is the flyer we sent around to advertise the program.

************* Below is the flyer we sent out in January of 2015************

The Board of the Myers Park Homeowners Association is concerned about the safety of many of our large mature  trees.  We have asked Jack McNeary, one of our board members who happens to be a past president of the American Society of Consulting Arborists, to develop a presentation explaining some of the things all homeowners should know about the trees in their yard.

The board also thought that we should not limit this to just the people In Myers Park, so we encourage anyone interested to attend.  The details are below and also the same information is in the attachment. (The attachment is not included, but the text is the same.)

Please pass this information on to anyone you think might be interested in attending.

Sadler Barnhardt
President MPHA


What Every Homeowner Needs to Know About Their Aging Trees

Many of the stately trees in Myers Park and other parts of Charlotte were planted between 1911 and 1917. These trees are reaching the end of their life span and are potentially dangerous.   As residents of Myers Park, we need to learn to monitor these trees.  The Myers Park Homeowners Association has planned a meeting to explain to homeowners what to look for in terms of the health and structure of their trees.

We live in a section of the country where we are blessed with large tree species and adequate rainfall to make them grow.  If a willow oak is planted in a perfect place with no curbs, sidewalks, driveways, water lines, etc., it might live to be 120 years old. That is not the situation in a city like Charlotte, so we need to take notice as they reach 60, 80, or 100 years old.

Several incidents in recent years have concerned the MPHA board, prompting us to realize the acute need to be proactive and inform the public about the potential hazard of some of our older trees. This is especially true of trees that have not been maintained up to acceptable standards. We will focus on older trees, since they are the ones that are most likely to become diseased. We’ll show photos of before- and after- situations and discuss these examples.  The program will last about 45 minutes. There will be time for questions.  We encourage you to attend and invite anyone you know who’d like to learn more about this. We’d appreciate knowing if you plan to attend so that we can be certain that our meeting room is of appropriate size.           Contact:

Location Change:  Due to the fact that 93 (as of Feb. 4) people have already preregistered for this program, we have changed the Location.  The new location uses the same parking lot but then cross over Providence Road at the Traffic Light.  Turn right at the sidwalk and walk past the play ground area that will be on your left. Directly after the black fence there is a walkway up to the door of Providence Hall.  There will also be signs to guide you from the Parking Lot. I will provide a map shortly.

 202 /204 at the Wellness Center (1073 Providence Road) of Myers Park Presbyterian Church.
This is the building across Providence Road from Oxford Place and the main sanctuary.

February 24, 2015 from 7:00 to 8:00 PM

Jack McNeary is a retired Consulting Arborist. He was president of the American Society of Consulting Arborists in 1992. In Charlotte he started his own tree service company in 1967 and operated it for 40 years. He has been studying, observing, and photographing tree issues in Charlotte since before 1989 when Hurricane Hugo visited us.