25 August 2022
Johannesburg City Parks and Zoo (JCPZ) the entity responsible for designated open spaces, public parks, street trees, nature reserves and the Johannesburg Zoo, is calling on all citizens of Joburg to do their part as the country celebrates Arbor month, a little earlier this year, from 29 August 2022 to 4 September 2022.

Arbor month, celebrated globally during September is an opportune time for you to start making a difference in our city and our world.

If you’ve always vowed to plant a tree, nurture it and watch it grow, there’s no better time than now.

Here’s a quick guide to building a forest, one tree at a time…

REMEMBER : Plant only indigenous trees!
  • First prepare a hole – measure and dig a hole the size of a spade plate down (height) and the same size should be measured for the wideness of the hole.
  • Fill the hole with water until it is muddy and wet.
  • Remove the tree from the plastic bag or container.
  • Gently tease the roots to avoid damage or breakage.
  • Do not pull the tree by the trunk.
  • Place the tree in the hole.
  • Fill the hole with soil.
  • Insert the stake and press the soil firmly.
  • Make a basin with the soil in order to capture the water to prevent it from running off.
  • Now water your tree

How to take care of your tree.
  • About 20L of safe grey water can be used per week
  • Creating basins around the tree will retain water and prevent run off
  • Use organic mulch and/or the leaves in your garden
  • Instead of trashing your veggie peels, grass cuttings and leaves, mix these with compost from your nearest store for added nutrients.
Control pests
  • Inspect your tree for pests (insects) and diseases
  • Spray environmentally friendly pesticide to control pests
  • Diseased trees should be cut off

The City of Johannesburg is challenging all residents of Joburg to play their part in making our city a greener haven by planting indigenous and fruit trees.
“The theme for this year, “Forests and sustainable production and consumption“, reinforces, that when we practice sustainable management of our environment and especially our forests and trees, we not only combat climate change by planting trees, but also grow our economy through the supply of forest products, addressing food security, eradication poverty and expanding agriculture,” stated Member of the Mayoral Committee for Community Development in the City of Joburg, Cllr Ronald Harris,

City Parks and Zoo will be championing regional Arbor activities with communities, distributing fruit trees, door to door educational talks and initiating tree planting. Let’s build a forest, one tree at a time…