Money doesn't grow on trees, and trees don't just grow. Not if they're city trees, anyway.
The urban forest needs not only planting, but ongoing care.
Nonprofit group Tree Pittsburgh does both, and starting tomorrow it's looking for people to help it care for trees in six city neighborhoods.
Mulch Madness (come on, you knew it was coming) is Tree Pittsburgh's annual tree-care campaign. Volunteers pull weeds from tree pits and add an insulating layer of mulch to the trees' root system.
Tree Pittsburgh provides the mulch, work gloves, safety vests, tools and breakfast and lunch.
All you have to do is register and show up.
Mulch Madness kicks off tomorrow, in East Liberty. It continues on Saturday in Lawrenceville, and moves on to Allegheny Commons, in the North Side (Oct. 12), Bloomfield (Oct. 13), South Side Riverfront Trail (Oct. 14) and Carrick (Oct. 20).
The group's aiming to care for 1,000 trees with more than 500 volunteers during October. But space is limited.
Complete info, including registration instructions, are here. You can also call 412-362-6360.