Looking for a way to do something good for the environment and have some fun? The Nyack Tree Project is getting plans in place for another round of planting, and we’re looking for volunteers.
The project kicked off last year with the help of local students, citizen volunteers and the Nyack DPW staff. The project team planted 12 beautiful bare root trees on Nyack streets and Memorial Park, and set up a small tree nursery with 20 more trees at BOCES in West Nyack. Cornell Cooperative Extension staff and Master Gardens held training sessions on proper planting and maintence. DPW staff made the rounds throughout the season to keep the trees watered, and in some cases, homeowners helped with
the watering too.
This year seventeen trees will be arriving in April, and we are hoping to have help from last year’s team and lots of new members. The Nyack Tree Committee selected locations along several blocks of North Midland Avenue. The trees will be approximately ten feet tall, but very light, as they are shipped with just hydrogel on the roots. The team will remove the turf and shake off the soil, dig large holeS to accommodate these robust root systems, place tree bags at the base of each tree, fill the bags with water and apply a layer of mulch.
The nursery will give us window of two to three weeks during which we can expect delivery, and then will notify us of the exact date a few days before the plants arrive. Once they do arrive we will have about a week to get the plants in the ground. We expect to set up planting events on several days.
We are looking for volunteers of all ages and abilities. It would be especially helpful to have at least one pickup truck. If you have tools, that’s great , but not required. Please contact Marcy Denker at firstname.lastname@example.org to learn more and get involved!