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(from the Board of Treez Please)
Thank you to the wonderful people who came to support and celebrate our annual fundraiser and 5th year of observing Earth Hour with candlelight and poetry!

Thank you to all those who became 2016 Treez Please members and to those who have been past members or will become new members!

Thank you to those who bought tickets for others to attend the celebration!

Please thank and support the following people and businesses who donated food, volunteer time, and/or auction items for our event.
(Note: We did our best to recall all our generous donors and volunteers. Our sincere apologies if we missed anyone)

Aladdin’s Restaurant (certificate)
Avant Gardens Farm (mushroom logs)                                                      Martin Berger (dishwasher fixer)                                                                      Brady’s Leap (CDs)
Mrs. Claus’ Cupboard (North Side Farmer’s Market)
Boulevard Park Blockwatch (lottery tree)
Etruscan Press (books)                                                                                           Fiesta Tapatia (certificate)
Firebird Designs/Marcie Applegate (jewelry)
Firemother Designs/Carol Rastaedt (jewelry)                                              Julia Fuhrman-Davis (Airbnb)
Elizabeth Glasgow (registration table/greeter)                                     Golden Hunan (certificate)                                                                             Jimmy’s (basket)                                                                                                            Rob Joki (jewelry)                                                                                                      Kravitz Delicatessen (certificate)                                                        Lake-to-River Co-op (basket)                                                                             Ralph Malmer (photograph)                                                                                   Rick Law (bartender)                                                                                               Hope Lovrinoff-Moran (massage)                                                                         Jan Pentz (guitar)                                                                                                        Clare Puskarczyk (painting)                                                                                        Sue Sexton (massage)                                                                                                     Jack and Sandy Slanina (tools)                                                                     UUYO—First Unitarian Universalist Church of Youngstown (gathering space)

And our featured food and entertainment providers —

The Big Green Thing /Marla Herrmann (soups)                                   Jeremy Avalos (classical guitar)                                                                             The Labra Brothers (dance music)

A special thank you to the Treez Please Board for the time, effort, donations, food, set-up, clean-up and promotion for our annual fundraiser. These folks work all year ‘round, doing community outreach, collaboration, and education to encourage the planting of native trees and pollinator plants that benefit bees, butterflies, birds and all living things, now and for the future. Our wonderful board members are


Lynn Anderson                             Mary Arens

Nick Avila                                        Jeff Boggs

Sophia Buggs                                 Terry Esarco

Valeria Goncalves                       Jennifer Jones

Mary Krupa                                     Ralph Malmer

Kurtis Magnello                            Marilyn Norconk, Secretary

Elida Schiavone                            Christine Silvestri

Debra Weaver, Treasurer        Hattie Wilkins

The winner of the chocolate taste-off was—for the second year in a row—Trader Joe’s chocolate truffles. Special kudos to Ralph and Marcia Malmer for this delightful part of the evening!

And thanks to all of you, Treez Please added close to $2,000 to our treasury, which we will put to work over the next year to help green up Youngstown—in the most organic and sustainable way possible, of course!
Jean Engle and Susie Beiersdorfer
Co-Presidents of Treez Please

Wine, Chocolate, Treez – and Beez!

Saturday, March 19, 7-11 p.m.

Unitarian Universalist Church (across from Wick Park)

Yes, it’s that time of year, when Treez Please invites our many friends and supporters to come celebrate another year of native-plant habitat building in Youngstown. We’ll have some wine, enjoy tasty hors d’oevres, cast our votes for the best chocolate, enjoy live music, celebrate Earth Hour, and dance on into the night–now that we’re officially going ’til 11 p.m.!

Tickets purchased in advance are $20, at the door $25, and $10 for students with ID. For that, you get two glasses of sustainably-sourced wine, the best of “green” chocolate, and the company of really wonderful people who share your commitment to a greener, more environmentally friendly city.

It’s the BEST PARTY in town! Join us!

For tickets, please click on the Donate button to the left and enter the information and payment method. We will hold your ticket(s) at the door. For more information, please call Jean at 330-518-2223.

Start Your Own Pollinator Plot

It’s not difficult to make your yard a hospitable place for pollinators, butterflies, and birds, but there are some guidelines about the most effective ways to do it.

In your existing garden. A couple of pollinator plants or host plants (those that moths and butterflies need for their larvae) scattered around your yard won’t be nearly as effective as groupings of plants. We suggest at least a 4′ x 4′ area planted up with a mixture of forbs (flowering plants) and prairie grasses. Most pollinator plants require at least 4 hours of direct sun a day, but some will thrive in semi-shade and woodland situations, too. If you’re not sure where a particular plant will do best, visit, a resource of the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center. Keep in mind that there are few absolutes in this business, though, so check other native-plant resources, make your best effort, and see what happens. Don’t forget–you can move the plant later if it’s not doing well.

Space  the plants out with a foot or so between them. Over several years, the plants will gradually spread out to fill the bed, and your pollinator garden will be beautifully established.

Treez Please sells neonicotinoid-free perennial plants every spring at the North Side Farmer’s Market. We do this both to raise funds for the organization and to provide plants that will not poison the very pollinators you’re trying to save. Garden centers as a rule do not guarantee that their plants are neonic free; our supplier, Prairie Nursery, does provide that assurance.  At any rate, buy your plants carefully: ASK whether neonics have been used at any stage in the plants’ production, and that will put sellers on notice that the public is paying attention to this issue.

Seeding a meadow space is best done in the fall, but you need to prepare the area by smothering existing vegetation over the summer. You can spray in the spring or early summer with Burnout or other organic herbicide, then cover the area with cardboard topped with mulch and let it cook in the summer sun. In late fall, remove the cardboard, rake the exposed soil lightly, hand-broadcast the seed (mixed in with moist sand or sawdust), tamp to insure soil-to-seed contact, and cover with a layer of straw mulch. If you can arrange it, seeding is best done just before a good snowstorm. The snow will help the seed work into the soil and protect it from birds and other seed eaters.

We recommend consulting one of several websites for more detailed information about establishing seeded meadows in the first three years. Go to, or to this link at Prairie Moon Nurseries  (NOTE: We at Treez Please do not endorse the use of glyphosate [e.g., Roundup], as Prairie Moon does, especially not in smaller meadow projects where mechanical reduction of unwanted species is probably an option. We are field testing Burnout, an organic herbicide, in our projects, but don’t yet have definitive results to share. Persistent hand-pulling and digging seems to us the safest, most earth-friendly approach.)

Good luck with your efforts! Please comment on our website about how it’s all working.




Jackson Park

Jackson Park in the city’s Powerstown neighborhood was once the site of the Jackson Middle School. When the school was demolished in 2010, 7th Ward Council member John R. Swierz undertook to convert the approximately 2-acre area  to a public park. He called on Treez Please to help with plantings in the park.

Over the past two years, Treez Please has planted five large trees  and many smaller trees and understory shrubs (redbud, chokeberry, witchhazel, dogwood, red mulberry, and serviceberry, to name a few). To do all this, we’ve had the help of volunteers, neighbors, Brownie scouts, and Treez Please members.

Worm sighting!

Worm sighting!






Last year, with some help from neighborhood kids, we planted an 8′ sugar maple maple (Acer sacharum ‘Green Mountain’) for Maxine Ahrens as a tribute to her sJackson Park Mapleon Bill.





In April 2014, ten people helped out to plant two large chinkapin oaks (Quercus muehlenbergii) in memory of Lisa Socha, daughter of Carol and Henry Socha, who live across the street from the park.


Common Ground First Planting – September 2007

Shortly after Treez Please was founded in the summer of 2007, our Founding Mother, Atty. Debra Weaver, contacted David Reese who said he would be glad to donate two vacant lots he owned to initiate our reforestation efforts.

The two adjacent properties on the corner of Broadway and Kensington Avenues on the city’s North Side were dubbed Common Ground, and in September, we planted our first trees – with the help of a dozen enthusiastic volunteers. We put in:

2 bur oak
2 red oak
3 redbud
2 hawthorn
2 black locust
3 tulip
3 dawn redwood
3 grey dogwood

group web Tim, kids web

Tree Planting Demonstration in Wick Park, September 2007

To officially kick off the organization, Treez Please conducted a public tree-planting demonsWick Park Demotration in Wick Park.

David Sturtz, the Youngstown City Arborist, showed attendees how to dig a proper tree hole, how to measure the critical depth for planting, how to backfill, water and mulch for optimum success for the tree.

Treez Please provided a container-grown red oak for the demonstration.