How is your Spring Cleaning check list going? While rainy Spring days might be best for house cleaning, the glorious days we have been having call for lawn, garden, and tree work. Here’s our list of what you might need to accomplish this Spring and early Summer!
- Check your mulch. If you have a city-planted tree, you have agreed to freshen the mulch each year to keep it about 2-3 inches deep, about 2-3 feet in diameter, and with a gap of 2-3 inches around the trunk itself. CONES ARE FOR ICE CREAM! PLEASE DO NOT CONE YOUR MULCH, EVEN IF A LAWN SERVICE PUT IT DOWN THAT WAY. And if your tree is not city-provided. It still needs mulch and water! Also, resist planting flowers under a tree until it is well established, and then, keep them small.
- Check your water. Fill your bag once or twice a week, depending on the age of the tree, or keep older trees watered appropriately. Gator Bags are only necessary for the first two years. After that, return them to Jane Ecker, if possible, but keep watering!
- Check your vines. Have you gotten around to removing those vines that are choking the life out of your trees? There is a lot of good advice on how to remove vines, including this: http://homeguides.sfgate.com/kill-ground-vines-harming-trees-26599.html
- Check your ornamental pears. Bradford Pears and similar varieties are bad trees, although it pains me to use that term. Please consider having them removed and replaced with better trees. https://www.greenvilleonline.com/story/life/2016/03/21/curse-bradford-pear/82070210/
- Check your maintenance. Remember, if your trees need trimming, or you have a dead or dangerous tree that needs to be removed, our program offers help. See below for how to apply.
- Check your overall look. Is your yard bare? Too sunny? Summer energy bills too high? You know the solution—plant a tree or two! Our city is still probably 400 trees short in front yards alone, and an educated guess would make that about 1200, if you include back yards. The trees are beautiful, FREE, and easy to maintain. Please help us Re-Tree the Park, and invite your neighbors to do the same!
- Check your peace of mind. Sit under a tree with a glass of iced tea, and breathe (courtesy of the tree)! Happy Spring!
Joe, Jane, Mary, and Cindi
Your Tree Board and City Arborist
Tree Planting Request
As a resident of St. Regis Park, I agree to give the City of St. Regis Park (and its agents) my permission to enter my premises for the purpose of planting trees and release them from liability for same and further agree that any and all future maintenance of any planted tree or trees is my responsibility. I agree to maintain my new tree(s) to the best of my ability using the guidelines provided by the city arborist. [Summary: I will ensure that my tree(s) receive a regular thorough soaking of the soil in the root zone, and that the soil is kept consistently moist (but not wet) until the tree is well established. I will ensure that my tree(s) maintain a healthy 2-3 inch layer of mulch, with a two-three inch non-mulched space around the trunk.]
(Sign below and submit by scan or digital photo to email@example.com or mail to St. Regis Tree Board PO Box 20429 Louisville KY 40250-0429)
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Tree Maintenance Request
As a resident of St. Regis Park, I agree to give the City of St. Regis Park (and its agents) permission to enter my premises for the purpose of evaluating the condition of my tree(s) and release them from liability for same.
I understand that the city’s arborist will determine what work should be done to properly maintain my tree(s) so that I can become eligible for the city’s tree maintenance reimbursement program. Sign below and submit by scan or digital photo to firstname.lastname@example.org or mail to St. Regis Tree Board PO Box 20429 Louisville KY 40250-0429. Briefly describe what you think needs to be done—limb up oak in front yard, evaluate maple in back yard, etc.
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