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December 2021
Holiday Cheer in Highland
HUNI Meetings

PLANNING AND COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT (PCD) MEETING

Tuesday, December 14
Virtual Meeting
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
To get a link to join the meeting, email pcd@denverhighland.org.
PCD works to help shape developments to protect the unique character of the Highland neighborhood. At this meeting, we discuss upcoming projects and proposals for the neighborhood. 

HUNI HOUR
Tuesday, December 14
Highland Tavern

3400 Navajo
5:30 pm - 7 pm
HUNI Hour is a chance for you to see your neighbors while visiting some of our fabulous community partners - Check out our Facebook page for the most up-to-date information.

HUNI BOARD / COMMUNITY MEETING
Tuesday, January 18

6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
All are welcome to attend our monthly meetings. We typically share information from community partners and talk about HUNI events and initiatives. We will meet virtually for the near future. Please contact us if you have an agenda item for discussion.
Northside Sustainability Alliance
Councilwoman Sandoval Updates
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Near Northwest Area Plan
The Near Northwest Area Plan Steering Committee is on hiatus until the new year. To date, the group has done some significant visioning that looks at improvements on housing, diversity, accessibility, parks and cultural amenities. Be on the lookout for community gatherings in 2022 as the planning advances. For more information, click here.
Trees in Winter
Winter Watering Guide:
Caring for Newly Planted Trees
During the Winter
 
Why is winter watering vital? 
In the fall and winter, trees drop their leaves and become dormant as they prepare for colder temperatures. However, newly planted trees experience the greatest growth in their root system during this time. Colorado often experiences dry periods during winter (two or more weeks without snow cover), which can leave roots susceptible to drying out, causing tree death or severe root damage. Not watering throughout the winter is the largest contributing factor to the mortality of newly planted trees. It is best to slowly give any newly planted trees 10-15 gallons of water before putting the hose away for the winter and to supplement with 10-15 gallons of water during dry periods and when temperatures are above 40 degrees. Do not water when temperatures are near or below freezing.   
 
Watering routine: 
  • Before winter: Continue to water your tree(s) until the ground freezes. Slowly (trickle over several hours) give your newly planted tree 10-15 gallons of water. Once complete, don’t forget to disconnect your hose so that it doesn’t freeze.  
  • During winter: Water your tree twice a month with 10-15 gallons of water if the ground isn’t frozen. This is best done when the temperature is around 40 degrees and at mid-day to allow water to soak in before the ground freezes at night. Continue to check the moisture level of the root ball (the main mass of roots directly beneath the trunk), especially during long periods without snow cover.  
  • Following spring and summer: Continue to water the tree once a week with 10-15 gallons of water and more when the weather is dry, windy or during prolonged periods of drought and sunshine.  
Additional tree care tips for the winter: 
  • Wrap the trunk: In Colorado, young trees, especially thin-barked trees like Honeylocust, Maple and Linden, are susceptible to sunscald and frost cracks because of drastic winter temperature fluctuations. To prevent bark damage, wrap the trunks of younger trees up to the first branches using commercial tree wrap. A general rule of thumb is to wrap trees around Thanksgiving and remove tree wrap around Easter.  
  • Mulch the base: Apply 2 to 4 inches of wood chips, bark or other organic mulch near the base of the tree, but not against it, to reduce soil evaporation, improve water absorption and insulate against temperature extremes. Some community recycling programs like Denver Recycles provide wood chips free of charge.  
Proper tree care during the winter months is crucial for tree health and survival. Following these watering and tree care tips can help your trees continue to grow and thrive. For additional information, read more from the Colorado State Forest Service on winter tree watering.
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RECURRING MONTHLY MEETINGS

Planning & Community Development (PCD): 2nd Tuesday

Community & Board: 3rd Tuesday

HUNI Hour: Last Tuesday
Highland United Neighbors, Inc. is a 501c3 Registered Neighborhood Organization (RNO) comprised of volunteers from the public, private, and business sectors, committed to the Highland community.

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