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Hannibal Courier - Post - Hannibal, MO
  • Tree trepidation: Tree Board concerned about upkeep of new trees

  • Last November a total of 35 trees were planted along Main Street as part of the city of Hannibal’s downtown improvement project. A little over four months later members of the community’s Tree Board have a list of concerns about the new plantings.
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  • Last November a total of 35 trees were planted along Main Street as part of the city of Hannibal’s downtown improvement project. A little over four months later members of the community’s Tree Board have a list of concerns about the new plantings.
    A point of discussion during Wednesday’s Tree Board meeting at city hall was how the subcontractor planted the maples and Skyline Locust. It was noted that a wire mesh cover was not removed from the root ball before the trees went into the ground. When members of the Tree Board brought it to the attention of those planting the trees the out-of-town workers said they were simply following tree-planting protocol.
    Ed Tamerius, Tree Board member, noted he has dug up dead trees and found the metal girdle still in place.
    “It strangles the tree,” he said.
    The trees that were planted along Main Street came with a one-year warranty. However, it was noted that the problems resulting from not removing the wire frequently doesn’t show up for “three or four years.”
    Another concern is in regard to keeping the new trees watered during the summer ahead. During Wednesday’s meeting City Manager Jeff LaGarce shared with Tree Board members information regarding different watering systems that could be installed around the base of each tree and would slowly release water over a one to three week period, depending on the system.
    “It’s important to water the downtown trees,” said Tree Board chairwoman Kristy Trevathan, who will encourage downtown merchants to take it upon themselves to add water if they see the water systems on the trees by their business running low.
    “They’re bigger trees than we would normally plant so they’ll need more water,” added Tamerius.
    It was reported in November that some of the new trees were 25 to 30 feet tall.
    Some of the trees, particularly those next to the B&B Theaters Main Street Cinema 8 on South Main, are in need of pruning. That could explain why some of the trees on the east side of South Main are featuring spots where low-hanging limbs have been broken off.
    The final concern cited Wednesday morning had to do with what’s turning up in some tree boxes.
    “The trees are being used as ash trays now,” said Trevathan.
     
     

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