- Planting Project
We will be receiving 19 bareroot trees from Schichtel’s Nursery in April. I am attaching the list of trees and sites. Seventeen are for sites that Bill, Sandra and I identified last fall on North Midland and one block of 5th Avenue. Two are for the sidewalk retrofit pilot project sites at 1 S. Midland. The sidewalk pilots will employ structural soil and Pave Drain permeable pavers.
Since there are so many, I will be talking to DPW about doing some advance work on digging the holes. advantage of the new list is that the trees are in close proximity to each other, so there will be less running to various locations.
We will need to do some outreach to try to get more involvement in the effort. I can draft some language and get a few images together. I hope everyone can post on Facebook and send out messages via email encouraging participation. It can be fun if we get a good crowd. I will also prepare the notifications for adjacent property owners, and maybe we can get more participation through that too. We may be able to get some scouts—I’m working on that.
I think we can aim to have DPW plant 5 and volunteers plant 12. If we figure two trees for each three volunteers we will need 18 volunteers. Like before, the work will need to be done within a week after the arrival of the trees. Unless we set up a small Missouri Gravel Bed at DPW. I will look into that.
There is also a yellow wood on Sickles that was planted last year that has to be moved. The owner complained that she didn’t want it because of concerns about roots getting into pipes. I suggest planting this in the park, near the brook. Maybe in the location on the slope where we planted the sycamore that got weed whacked.
2. Arbor Day
Committee members suggested doing a tree planting in the park for Arbor Day. If we transplant the yellow wood it should probably be before it breaks dormancy, which would be before Arbor Day I believe. Chrissy suggested doing something related to the memorial lindens. We could also plant one of the elms slated for Midland in the park over near where that big tree came down on the slope south of the steps. And/or possibly take one of the lindens from the Midland project to plant on the upper slope near the stump of the old Siberian elm that was cut down (above the slide).