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1 Parks Volunteer Training Naperville Park District

2 This training will cover the following volunteer activities in parks Litter Removal Teasel Removal Moving Mulch Proper Use of Tools Planting a Tree Cutting Invasive Plants Removing Garlic Mustard Buckthorn and Honeysuckle Parks Volunteer Training Quiz Parks Volunteers Training

3 Litter Removal Litter removal is available for individuals and groups. The Naperville Park District will provide bags and gloves to assist with litter removal from our parks.

4 Litter Removal: Recycling We encourage our volunteers to separate the litter from the recyclable materials.

5 Start by cutting the teasel stock low near the ground. Teasel is cut with lopping shears; it is best to wear gloves when working with teasel. Teasel Removal

6 Be sure to bag the teasel with the head of the plant going into the bag. Here are some volunteers working with teasel. Teasel Removal Bagging Teasel for Removal

7 Teasel Removal Click on image above to play video Video: Correctly Bagging Teasel

8 Mulch is best moved with a pitch fork. Load the mulch into a wheel barrow and move to the location to be spread. Moving Mulch

9 Dump the mulch in the center of the area identified that needs mulch coverage. Spread the mulch with a rake; mulch must be 4-5 inches deep and the path must be 8 feet wide. Moving Mulch Mulching Trails

10 Dump the mulch near the outer edge of the tree ring. Mulch 2 inches deep around the tree ring. Do not “volcano” the tree; build the mulch ring away from the base of the tree. Moving Mulch Mulching a Tree Ring

11 Do not leave tools with the tines facing up. This is the correct resting position for all tools. Proper Use of Tools

12 Dig the hole four times larger than the root ball of the tree. Bury the tree with the root ball covered. Planting a Tree

13 Click on image above to play video Video: Planting a Tree Sapling

14 Planting a Tree Plant trees with the tree flare above the ground.

15 Back fill the hole with the dirt that was dug out to make the hole. Tamp down the ground around the tree. Cover area with mulch. Planting a Tree

16 Make sure the tree is planted straight.

17 How low to the ground should you cut an invasive? As low as you can! These cuts, which are too high, should have been made lower to the ground. Cutting Invasive Plants

18 Click on image above to play video Video: Cutting Undergrowth

19 This is garlic mustard just before it flowers. Pull out the plant as close to the ground as possible to remove the entire root base. This is flowering garlic mustard before it seeds. This is the last chance to remove it before it seeds for the season. Removing Garlic Mustard

20 Young MustardGarlic Mustard Flowers Removing Garlic Mustard Identifying garlic mustard:

21 Mature Buckthorn growing in a clump. Young Honeysuckle Buckthorn and Honeysuckle

22 Identifying Honeysuckle Invasive removal will be supervised by park staff

23 A close-up of a thorn from the branch of a buckthorn. Young Buckthorn. Buckthorn and Honeysuckle Identifying Buckthorn

24 Parks Training Quiz* 1.True or False? Teasel should be bagged with the head of the plant going into the bag to prevent spread of the seeds. 2.True or False? It is best to wear protective clothing while working to remove teasel. 3.True or False? The two best tools to use when working with mulch are a pitch fork and a rake. 4.True or False? A tree ring should be buried in 2 inches of mulch. 5.True or False? When you are not using your tools, it is best to leave them on the ground with the tines facing down. 6.True or False? When planting a tree the hole should be 2x larger than the root ball. 7.True or False? Garlic mustard is easily pulled when it is young growth in the spring. *Answers are on the following page.

25 Answers to the Parks Training Quiz 1.True. The seeds spread easily, so putting the head into the bag first minimizes the release of seeds. 2.True. Gloves and long pants should be worn when working with teasel. 3.True. A pitch fork and a rake are the best tools to use when working with mulch. 4.True. Be sure to use 2 inches of mulch around a tree. 5.True. It is a best safety practice to leave tools lying tines down. 6.False. A hole that is four times larger than the root ball is the correct size for planting a tree. 7.True. Garlic mustard is the easiest to pull in the spring before it flowers.

26 The Naperville Park District would like to thank you for taking this online training. If you have any questions or need clarification please contact : Lynnette Hoole, Volunteer Coordinator 630-848-3606

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