Charlotte is helping its neighborhoods combat the annual infestation of cankerworms with another round of grants.
Grants of up to $3,000 are available to band trees to prevent female cankerworm moths from climbing up to lay their eggs each December.
Neighborhood groups can learn about applying for the grants at workshops July 26 and Aug. 3.
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This marks the seventh year tree banding grants will be offered, said Denise Coleman, neighborhood resource liaison for the city and program manager of Keep Charlotte Beautiful.
The city has funded 148 tree banding projects in various neighborhoods, Coleman said, and no complete application has been denied.
While cankerworms in most cases don’t kill trees, repeated defoliation can weaken trees, making them more vulnerable to age, drought, other insects and disease. They appear from Georgia to Nova Scotia and west to Texas, and Charlotte has seen severe infestations of the worms.
Entomologists are stumped as to why the population continues to grow, but Charlotte’s large number of old willow oaks could promote the annual infestation, city officials have said.
The workshops also will detail best practices to band trees, suggested dates to install and remove bands, as well as tree banding methods and products, Coleman said.
Cankerworm grant workshops
Workshops are scheduled for 6 p.m. July 26 and Aug. 3 at 701 Tuckaseegee Road. Neighborhood groups will learn about applying for grants of up to $3,000 to tackle the annual infestation of cankerworms on their trees. Grants are provided through the city’s Neighborhood Matching Grants Program.
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