Sunday, March 26, 2006

On Your Mark, Get Ready, Start Watering

Did the county plant a tree in front of your home last December? You may have noticed that during a brief December warm spell, 23 saplings suddenly sprang up along both sides of Glenwood Road. The best thing you can do for them this spring and summer is to give them a long, slow, soil-soaking drink about once a week. If there is a dry spell, the trees will appreciate more frequent watering.

The trees were planted in a single afternoon by the Nassau County Dept. of Public Works. They replace older trees that have been lost over the last several years due to age and severe whether, and, possibly, we suspect, due to somewhat overzealous pruning practices occasionally employed by LIPA (see New Trees for Glenwood Road, March 16).

The county tells us that if you live at 126 or 128 Glenwood Road, you received a Japanese Zelkova; if you live at 13, 26, 28, 29, 34, 36, 49, 59, or 72 Glenwood Road, you received a Japanese Tree Lilac; if you live at 65, 77, 86, 91, 98 101A, 108, 109, or 112 Glenwood Road, you received a Japanese Kwanzan Cherry. In a few instances, two trees were planted in front of one property.

The lilac and cherry varieties the county chose to plant are sidewalk- and wire-friendly; the Zelkovas grow a little taller and have a more extensive root system, but they’ve been planted at the western end of the street, where there are no sidewalks, and are relatively easy to prune because they have no central leader.

The trees have been fertilized in preparation for their first growing season. However, the county says one long, slow, soil-soaking drink a week throughout the spring and summer will help the trees establish themselves. Additional watering may be advisable depending on rainfall. The civic association has sent letters to all of the homes on Glenwood Road urging those who received trees to water once a week throughout the spring and summer.

The civic association has been asking the county to plant trees on Glenwood Road for several years. We like to think that these requests played at least some roll in last winter’s plantings. It should be noted that the civic association had no input regarding the placement of the trees. In addition, when people do not want trees planted in front of their homes, the county says it makes every effort to respect that preference.

We've heard that the Town of Oyster Bay also planted some trees on side streets; Cody and Larsen avenues have been mentioned. Does anyone have information on this? If so, how about letting us know by posting a comment?

Photographs of trees similar to those that have been planted on Glenwood Road can be found at the Web sites below; the links will take you to a page where you can do a quick and productive search.

  • National Arbor Day Foundation Tree Guide

  • University of Connecticut Plant Database
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