Pairing Plants and Pavement


Dr. Jason Grabosky will speak on April 19 at Rumson-Fair Haven High School.

All area residents are cordially invited to a free lecture on the importance of trees in the landscape, to be held on April 19 at 6:30 p.m. at the Rumson-Fair Haven High School auditorium at 74 Ridge Road in Rumson. The auditorium is accessed from the western entrance to the building. The talk is hosted by the Borough of Rumson, Fair Haven, Shrewsbury, Little Silver, and Atlantic Highlands Shade Tree Commissions.

The speaker will be Dr. Jason Grabosky, a professor in the Rutgers University Department of Ecology, Evolution, and Natural Resources and a John and Eleanor Kuser Memorial Scholar in Urban and Community Forestry. He currently serves as the faculty co-director of the Center for Resilient Landscapes, a joint venture of the New Jersey Agricultural Experiment Station and the USDA Forest Service. He is also director of the General Honors Program for the School of Environmental and Biological Science, and editor-in-chief for the international journal, Arboriculture & Urban Forestry. His varied research is most often linked to trees, soils, and management.

Dr. Grabosky will use his tremendous knowledge to discuss the relationship of trees and pavement in the suburban environment. Since trees and pavement share the same soil and space, special considerations must be made to integrate plants and pavement together. The hour-and-15-minute lecture will focus on the roles of soil, pavement, and trees, and proper design and installation considerations for planting along roadways to result in a healthy, long-lived tree resource.  Tree selection, site preparation, installation, and short- and long-term maintenance will be discussed.

The lecture is open to all and an RSVP is not required. It is free, but donations are appreciated to sponsor Rutgers University forestry students to attend the 2017 New Jersey Shade Tree Federation Conference. If you have any questions on the presentation, please email