So pleased to report that all but one of the 26 trees have survived their first brutally hot summer!
You can even get a good look at them in Google maps satellite view! (They don’t show up in street view yet). For an online map of planted locations, click here.
One casualty, due to confusion about the watering schedule, will be replanted this winter. Three trees suffered from vandalism soon after planting, but have enthusiastically recovered over the summer. This winter, they will be pruned to correct their structure.
Tree planting day is always a fun and photogenic event. But much preparation precedes the planting itself: outreach, applying to funding sources, managing the stringent requirements of each funder, consulting with designers and horticulturalists to choose species which will thrive under our local conditions, identifying treewells that meet current city requirements, negotiating with property owners, coordinating with contractors to enlarge or shift treewells when necessary, staying in close touch with various city departments, and arranging for property owners to water the trees…. this is only some of the background work involved!
The biggest challenge remains decades ahead– making sure property owners understand how to receive each tree’s full benefits. By pruning only to enhance (not alter) the trees’ natural structure, business owners will profit from reduced energy bills, enhanced street life, better business, higher property values.
With enough volunteers, we can plant this spring on sections of Colorado that lack tall trees. Please contact us, whether your skill is using a shovel on short notice, making phone calls, driving a truck, or charming property owners with your enthusiasm for a move livable city.
However, everyone can play a big role by thanking the businesses who have agreed to plant and water new trees. These folks are the visionaries of our neighborhood. Let your favorite businesses on Colorado and York Boulevard know how important shade and greenery are to you.
To volunteer, please contact urbanforestcollaborativeATgmailDOTcom. Looking forward to digging holes together…