Yes, we are going through a bit of a drought, but that doesn’t fully explain why our newly planted trees are dying. No trees should have been planted after June. In fact, our city should have waited until the fall. What about the plan to water them? Just walk around the city and it’s fully evident that it’s all a hot mess.
Operation STOMP, a community-based, grassroots (treeroots?) organization based on Long Island, dedicated to preserving and saving trees across the county spoke at our past City Council meeting. They expressed their disgust on how our city handled the tree re-planting. You can follow much of this conversation over at Project 11561 or Operation STOMP facebook pages, but here is the gist of it:
Save the Nassau County Trees – Operation STOMP “This past Tuesday, we STOMPed down to Long Beach, to observe the first phase of the large scale tree planting effort which began earlier this Spring, to offset the devastating impact Sandy had on trees within the storm-ravaged City. We were extremely disappointed after conducting our random sample review of many blocks throughout the region. Twigs were in poor health, many leafless and dying, mulch volcanoes present, and we found there was no systematic watering plan (or maintenance schedule) assigned for a project of this scope and scale including over 1,500 trees. We spoke at the Council Meeting, and will post the video shortly. Nassau is a large County, and, as we travel throughout its neighborhoods, we realize how important it is to have an independent group such as STOMP assisting with matters such as these–leaving the responsibility of trees to the municipality (that changes via the nature of politics) or a contractor that may not always be the best fit (or held to performance standards), often does not produce the best results, the public and trees often losing. #savethetrees#keepitwatered #keepitgreen #operationstomp
There is a lot more. Let’s go down Long Beach tree memory lane with Save the Nassau County Trees – Operation STOMP as our guide:
Save the Nassau County Trees – Operation STOMP “In February, the city unveiled its Master Tree Replanting Plan to restore the aesthetic of tree-lined streets. Close to 2,400 trees that were dead or substantially damaged were removed after the storm. The plan calls for 2,700 new trees to be planted, representing a greater variety of species than before — a total of 52 species, officials said, including American elm and red maple.
Barbato Landscaping began the work last week, and excavation has already been completed on most of Beech and Penn streets, as crews prepare the ground for the new trees, officials said. But some residents questioned whether the company was up to the task. Last year, the council passed a resolution stating that Barbato was in breach of a $333,000 contract after the company failed to complete the reconstruction of the Georgia Avenue Playground by May 30.” #thisisnassau
Save the Nassau County Trees – Operation STOMP This tree pit included a volcano mulch design, against industry standards as the packing of mulch near the base of the tree can cause rotting. It is also leafless and bare. This twig was recently planted.
Save the Nassau County Trees – Operation STOMP There were many street trees in this state; leafless, bare, leaning, no watering, mulch pits left untouched.
“in terms of the watering discussion, just some basic watering facts taken from our friends at Casey Trees, especially for new trees: “A newly-planted tree needs 25 gallons of water per week to survive. During late summer we often have weeks without rain, which would deprive the tree of the water it needs to secure its root structure. A tree with a weakened root system is at higher risk of fatality during periods of severe weather. If by some miracle these trees did survive they may not ever recover from the trauma suffered in their youth, leading to stunted growth and a less robust canopy.” [Posted at Project 11561]