Sue in Cottonwood tree

Sue Probart, Beloved Founder of TreeNM will be Missed!

A memorial tree planting is planned for April 1, 2023, at 1pm at the Woodward House.

Woodward House is west on Arbor Road off Rio Grande Blvd, NW.

Dress is casual for walking near farms. Please wear your green Tree New Mexico t-shirt if you have one. If you want to plant trees, wear closed-toed shoes and bring gloves.

The founder of Tree New Mexico, our beloved friend Sue Probart, died on January 9, 2023. She was among family and long-time friends when she passed.

Sue started Tree New Mexico (TreeNM) in 1990 with a group of high school students and other friends and colleagues who had a great idea. From that time forward she worked tirelessly to enhance and enrich New Mexico and its urban communities with trees and education on how to care for them. Click here to read full announcement. 


In order to get more trees in the ground across New Mexico, we are looking for a sponsor to donate a truck with a long bed for trees and tools and an extended cab for volunteers and supplies. CLICK HERE for more information. Please contact Tamar Randall, Development Director,

Tree Truck


Bagworm is airborne and does not often kill a tree, but can do damage.  If you see this on your tree, it is best to remove it and stamp on it, killing the worm inside.


From December to February, water your tree 1-2 times per month to a depth of 24 inches. Make sure your tree is well mulched and that the mulch is watered completely through. This prevents water from wicking away and helps hold in moisture. 



Refrain from using weed killer, pre-emergence, or weed and feed near your trees. These products can kill trees and bees and injure wildlife, pets and children as well. 


Do not let hard materials such as wire, electrical cord, or rope touch your tree. Use something that gives such as old pantyhose and keep what touches the tree loose. Only stake for 1 growing season, and then remove so the roots can get strong.


One of the myths about xeriscaping is that landscape plastic or landscape cloth is environmentally friendly. NOT! Plastic and even cloth inhibits water and oxygen from getting directly down into the soil where the tree roots can access it. And it is through the roots of the tree that both water and nutriments are fed to a tree and provide nourishment. We are also told that covering the soil with these products and then covering the plastic/cloth with rock will deter weed growth. Perhaps for a season, maybe two, but what really happens is all the topsoil being blown into the yard settles down between the rocks and on top of the landscape cloth creating a nice little garden area for the weed seeds (also blown into the yard) to germinate. In spite of one’s best intentions, they have actually encouraged a weed garden and hindered the trees capacity to access what it needs to thrive.



  • Patty
    Wow, big thanks to everyone involved in our tree planting.  Super  big shout out to Pat Davis for his support!!!
    Victory Hills
  • Andrew Lisignoli
    What a treat. Before I say anything I must say our community is so fortunate to have Tree NM. Frankly, you all are a source of community pride which is oh so needed in today’s world.
    Andrew Lisignoli
    Trees of Corrales, Ltd.
  • Bill
    “You and your team are the best! I was very impressed with your efficiency and positive attitude. I look forward to working with you again. And, the nectarine tree is happily planted.”
    Summit Park Neighborhood Volunteer and Tree Giveaway Recipient
  • Helen
    I want to thank you both very much for the wonderful tree that was planted in my yard on Saturday morning.  It is a Chinese Pistache and was even larger than I expected.  It is lovely.  I am so very grateful to have been the recipient of this wonderful tree.  Also, the people who installed it were gracious and so very capable.  Thank them for me as well.
    Victory Hills
  • John, Wellesley Drive Resident

    “My experience thus far with the tree-planting group has been excellent. They have been courteous, helpful and enthusiastic.”

    John, Wellesley Drive Resident
  • Bonnie
    Thank YOU! I think this goes without saying, but I’m so happy to help establish an urban forest canopy and real community in our city. I wholeheartedly believe we all are, and that’s why we do what we do! Our planting team also received many positive words of encouragement and thanks during our planting. People think this is the coolest most wonderful program and I agree 😊 Looking forward to fall plantings and seeing everyone again (probably still from a distance).

    Stay well everyone!

    Volunteer Leader
  • Ruth
    “I want to thank you for doing such a nice job of tree planting in my neighborhood---mine and 4 neighbors that I was able to see.  I truly appreciate your commitment”
    Summit Park Neighborhood Resident
  • Joseph
    Dear Tree New Mexico staff and UHA board: Thanks for the beautiful desert willow in front of my home and all the other trees along Columbia Drive and throughout the neighborhood. What a wonderful, inspirational project! Your joint effort is much appreciated.
  • Jennifer
    This has been such an impactful program for canopy and community alike – so many kudos to you for working through those early plantings and learning and growing and getting better.  I am so impressed with TNM’s process now, and how many volunteers you normally get.  Incredible.
  • Skye Ontiveros
    I just want to express my gratitude for all you and your team do for the neighborhood. You all are consistently efficient and always so generous, and I am grateful to work with you:) I can't wait to be a part of your greening of ABQ in 2023. Happy New Trees for the New Year!!! 🥳
    Skye Ontiveros
  • Jenny Sanchez and Max Garcia
    Hello All, Thank you so much for making all those beautiful trees available to our neighborhood. We are thrilled with them and the neighborhood will be looking better and better as the trees mature and flower. I check ours daily just in case there is an early flower. You all are absolutely awesome, thanks for all your efforts and time canvassing our neighborhood with flyers, arranging everything and planting the trees for us. What a wonderful program! We so much appreciate all your efforts.
    Jenny Sanchez and Max Garcia
    Los Volcanes Neighborhood Association



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