My friend Doreen Pollack, who is the Garden Goddess, an expert in community and residential gardens and someone who serves on the board of the Valley Permaculture Guild, now is coordinating the APS Shade Tree Program. When she told me that you could get up to 3 shade trees FOR FREE from APS, I wanted to hear more and I thought you would too! So she crafted this small announcement about the program.
Planting shade trees in your yard can save you up to $50 per year on your energy bill by blocking the sun’s rays and reducing your cooling needs. The APS Shade Tree program provides free shade tree workshops and free trees to help you maximize your energy savings.
The following requirements must be met to qualify for this program:
- · Must be a current APS residential customer living in Maricopa County
- · Must be able to plant the trees approximately 15 feet away from the western, eastern or southern side of your home
- · Must have the legal right to plant the trees on the property
- · Must have the ability to care for the tree as needed
- · Must attend an APS Shade Tree workshop
The current APS Shade Tree workshop and tree pickup dates are May 14 and May 21 in Glendale. You can learn more about this program and register for a workshop at aps.com/trees. You must register for the workshop to attend.
The Valley Permaculture Alliance is working with APS to deliver this program. We hope to see many of you who are APS customers at the May 14, 21 and future 2011 workshops and tree pickup events.
Photo Credit: A demonstration of how to plant a tree at a volunteer tree-planting event last September at Steele Indian School Park. Photo by Taz Loomans.Tags: aps, APS Shade Tree Program, aps shade tree workshop, arizona, blooming rock, doreen pollack, garden goddess, Maricopa County, phoenix, shade trees, taz loomans, Valley Permaculture Guild