- Associated Press - Friday, December 26, 2014

HIGHLAND HEIGHTS, Ky. (AP) - A new movement in northern Kentucky is trying to save the trees.

The Kentucky Enquirer (http://cin.ci/1BaLE0A) reports that the Northern Kentucky Urban and Community Forestry Council launched Kentucky Roots in an effort to educate residents in Boone, Campbell and Kenton counties on simple ways to care for their trees.

Some of the tips include not to pile mulch around the truck of a tree and to water it regularly for three years before leaving it to nature. The campaign, which began earlier this year, has been successful.

For example, Pauline and Robert Hon of Walton learned about the campaign from a T-shirt.

“I looked at it and started reading what was on the shirt,” Pauline Hon said. “We’d already known we had a problem with one tree. I saw you should keep mulch off of the tree trunk.”

Hon contacted a certified arborist that a friend had recommended, Craig Grabow of Central Lawn Care in Walton and a member of the Kentucky Roots committee.

Grabow was pleased to learn that Hon had reacted after finding out about the campaign.

“It was our goal to portray the benefits of proper plantings and proper care of trees,” Grabow said. “I got a call into our office from a lady who was referred by a customer. Lo and behold, we were actually able to witness that the message worked.”

Sarah Gracey, urban forestry coordinator for the Kentucky Division of Forestry, said she is applying for a federal grant in the hopes of getting a messaging campaign like Kentucky Roots to go statewide.

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Information from: The Kentucky Enquirer, http://www.nky.com

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