Trees

Spreading it on too thick?

Over-application of fertilizers is a source of water pollution. Use the proper amount of fertilizer to keep your lawn green and prevent algae blooms in our lakes and streams.It’s a waste of money to apply fertilizer to your lawn if it doesn’t need it. The only way to know how much fertilizer your lawn needs … Continued

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It flows downhill.

If it’s on the ground in the Kansas City Metropolitan region it could end up in the Missouri River and then in the Gulf of Mexico. Litter takes on many forms – paper, aluminum, cigarette butts – everything that is improperly placed on the ground. Much of this waste finds its way into our water … Continued

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Blood Drive in partnership with the Community Bl

Bridging The Gap is concerned about the “emergency blood shortage” and has teamed up with the Community Blood Center to promote a blood drive. Donate at any CBC Donor Site and use the code: EF8A (if you use the code we can track how many BTG supporters contributed to this effort)! Monday, January 22, 2018 – Friday, … Continued

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When should I prune my trees?

Periodically, trees need to be pruned of dead, crossing, broken, or damaged limbs. Low limbs or those encroaching onto your home might also be candidates for removal. Pruning can be done year-round if needed, but if you have the flexibility to wait, there are better times. Late Winter During the winter months trees are dormant and leafless making … Continued

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In Memory of Savannah Domann

In Memory of Savannah Domann   We are sad to announce the passing of one of the newer members of the BTG tribe, Savannah Domann.  Savannah volunteered alongside her father, Tony Domann, to plant trees with our Heartland Tree Alliance program in the Indian Mound neighborhood in May.  Savannah’s light will continue to shine through the … Continued

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Studies Reveal A Diversity Of Native Bee Species

By Tom Schroeder The amazing diversity of native bees in the Kansas City area has been revealed in a two year study of four native remnant areas. Burroughs Audubon Society, Johnson County Parks, and Bridging the Gap/Kansas City Wildlands funded two studies. In 2017 Ogg Prairie in Shawnee Mission Park and Kill Creek Park Prairie … Continued

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Winter Watering

It is that time of year again when you store away your barbecue grills, sun umbrellas, and rubber hoses in preparation for the cold months of winter. Have you thought about what our winter weather has in store for us in the form of precipitation? We’re no meteorologists over here, but we’ve heard anywhere from … Continued

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Trees like Donuts!

Do you know trees like donuts? Not the cinnamon sugar, jelly filled or with sprinkles variety, but as a thick layer of hardwood mulch under their branches. Fall and winter is an excellent time to provide a bit of care to your trees before the heat and drought of summer is upon us.  Proper mulch … Continued

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In Honor of Michael Samms

Honoring Michael Samms Late last week, we received news that one of our valued partners, Michael Samms, has passed on.  In early 2016, Michael, who served as the Chairman for Community Service at the Heart of America Council, Boy Scouts of America, reached out to us with a vision.  In the fall of 2016, we … Continued

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October 28, Make A Difference Day

Volunteer with Bridging The Gap on Make A Difference Day, Saturday,October 28!  Choose from: Waldo Tree Planting, 9am – noon.  Volunteer to plant street trees in Kansas City, Missouri with our Heartland Tree Alliance program!  Click here for more info and to sign up!  Update: All Slots Filled. Thank you!   Metro North Recycling Center, … Continued

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Where does our fall color come from?

As we move into our cooler fall months, trees around our area will begin to start a show of fall colors. Our native forest has many oaks, hickory, sycamore, and cottonwood providing muted browns and yellows. If you are lucky, you might see a brightly colored sassafras, black gum, or red oak. In urban spaces, … Continued

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Fall TreeKeeper Course in Shawnee, Kansas

Heartland Tree Alliance (HTA) is offering a fall TreeKeepers course in Shawnee Kansas! TreeKeepers is a hands-on educational course for anyone looking to increase their knowledge of trees or to become more involved in the community. These courses are great for gardeners, City employees, landscape providers, Master Gardeners, students and retirees. All sessions will be … Continued

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It’s getting hot out there. Don’t forget to

Temperatures are rising in the Midwest and Kansas City is creeping into 90 degree days. You may be feeling sluggish at work, dreading the evening walk with Fido or more commonly, craving a cool glass of water. Well, you wouldn’t be the only thing feeling the effects of the heat, your trees are too! Watering … Continued

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Don’t Move Firewood! The Spread of Emerald

Emerald Ash Borer (EAB) is an exotic beetle originating from Asia. The beetle made its way to the U.S. in 2012 likely on solid wood packing crates shipped on cargo ships or planes. The beetle feeds on the leaves of ash trees and lays eggs on the bark. After hatching, the young immature larvae bores … Continued

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Honoring Fred W. Hoffower

Honoring Fred W. Hoffower   Today we are honoring a member of our ‘tribe’ who has passed on.  Fred Hoffower was a longtime patron at our old Bannister Recycle Center, a volunteer and eventually a Bridging The Gap employee as a part-time fill in Recycling Center Manager. Fred’s infectious spirit and dedication to the environment … Continued

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Happy National Volunteer Week!

Happy National Volunteer Week! What is your volunteer story? Through our collective stories we create the narrative needed to propel others to take action. With collective action, we can create positive change. Together, we are preserving prairies, forests, and glades with KC WildLands; planting thousands of trees with Heartland Tree Alliance; removing litter from local … Continued

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Monarch butterflies migrating early from Mexico

MDC says gardening with native plants helps butterflies and birds Kansas City, Mo. – Warm weather arrived early this spring, and so did large numbers of monarch butterflies in the Kansas City area. The first seemingly fragile orange and black butterflies spotted flitting near spring flowers in recent weeks migrated all the way from wintering grounds … Continued

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