Planting a Foundation for Backyard Diversity and Wildlife Habitat
September 23, 2023 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Trees and shrubs can provide many benefits in your home landscape. We will discuss how to select a variety of woody plants that can form a foundation for your backyard ecosystem. Learn some tips for planting several different stock types, and how proper maintenance will result in well-established and healthy plants. Included will be some examples of native trees and shrubs that can attract songbirds and other small wildlife to your backyard habitat.
If the weather allows after the classroom discussion, we will take a short walk in the Garden to view some examples.
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About Dr. Georgios Arseniou:
Dr. Georgios Arseniou completed his Bachelor’s in Forestry and Natural Environment at the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki in Greece, his Master's in Photogrammetry and Geoinformatics as a DAAD scholar at the University of Applied Sciences of Stuttgart in Germany, and he completed his PhD in Forest Measurements, Modeling and Urban Ecology at the Forestry Department at Michigan State University, USA. Dr. Arseniou is an Assistant Professor and Extension Specialist of Urban Forestry at the College of Forestry, Wildlife and Environment at Auburn University and the Alabama Cooperative Extension System. His research focuses on understanding the structure and function of urban forests (e.g., urban tree biomass, tree risk assessment, benefits evaluation) using remote sensing methods (Terrestrial Laser Scanning). Dr. Arseniou’s extension focuses on building educational programs related to urban tree maintenance and care for citizens and homeowners in Alabama, while also assisting municipalities and local communities in Alabama to develop accurate urban forest inventories and efficient urban forest management plans.