old trees get some good attention

02/14/2008 7:54 PM by

Marion F. Macdonald has given us a write-up from the Jan.26 tree pruning in Libby Hill Park. The Church Hill Planters and the Friends of Libby Hill Park, in cooperation with the City’s Departments of Urban Forestry and Park’s and Recreation joined forces with some local professional arborists to prune some of the most special trees on Church Hill, in one of the oldest city parks in the country.

The last Saturday in January, 8:00am, was very cold and still, and the Park House felt like a giant Sub Zero freezer.

By 10:30, all that had changed. Libby Hill Park was the center of a tree care event. Neighbors were gathering and loading brush and dead wood into trucks to be hauled to the dump. Four teams of arborists were cutting out dead wood, crown cleaning and pruning for safety. The Park House was cozy, full of good things to eat and spirits were high.

By the end of the day, five trees had been cleaned up and made much safer – a job worth an estimated $4,000. As a bonus, a support cable had been placed in the tall slender gingko by the fountain. And these old soldiers who have persevered through constant winds, storm, drought and two world wars were given a new lease on life.

Thanks to all who helped – these tree care professionals, the city departments of Urban Forestry and Parks and Recreation, the Church Hill Planters and Friends of Libby Hill Park. Our next step is to spread mulch around these trees to protect them from the possible drought and certain heat of this summer. Mark your calendars and join us on Saturday March 29,from 9:00 until 1:00.

Special Thanks to the Tree Savers!

ArborCare – Joel Koci
Arborscapes – Billy Davis, Andrew Mason, Ben Shirley
Bartlett Tree Experts – Mark Fulcher, Michael N. James
Davey Tree Service – David Duenas, Alvaro Ordon, and Jose Barrios



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