Garfield Square re­ceives new miyabe maple trees

The Republican Herald - - LOCAL - BY AMY MARCHIANO STAFF WRITER

POTTSVILLE— Nine miyabe maple trees were planted Tues­day in Garfield Square.

Six were planted on the south side of Garfield Square and three on the north side. The Pottsville Shade Tree Com­mis­sion paid for the trees, which came from Schich­tel’s Nurs­ery, New York. In all, 13 trees will be planted.

“By the end of the week, the trees should be planted,” Joe Or­lowsky, chair­man of the Pottsville Shade Tree Com­mis­sion, said.

About nine peo­ple, some mem­bers of the Shade Tree Com­mis­sion, worked to plant the 9-foot-tall trees. They are re­plac­ing the Brad­ford pear trees, which have ex­ceeded their nor­mal life ex­pectancy, Or­lowsky said. The trees could grow to 40 feet tall. Jerry Bow­man, mem­ber of the mu­nic­i­pal forestry com­mit­tee of the Schuylkill County Con­ser­vancy, said the trees are prob­a­bly 4 or 5 years old.

Garfield Square looks dif­fer­ent than it did ear­lier this year be­cause of a streetscape project funded by a Com­mu­nity De­vel­op­ment Block Grant. The $368,262 project in the area from Fourth to Sixth streets in­cludes the re­moval of trees; plant­ing of new trees; re­moval of six park­ing spa­ces; new side­walks, curbs and ar­chi­tec­tural light­ning; and hand­i­capped ac­ces­si­bil­ity im­prove­ments. Work started a cou­ple months ago. City Ad­min­is­tra­tor Thomas A. Pala­mar said Mon­day the project should be com­plete by Nov. 20. A de­lay in the project was not the fault

of the gen­eral con­trac­tor, Doug Lamb Con­struc­tion Inc., El­iz­a­beth­town, Lan­caster County. Some of the de­lay was caused by work that needed to be com­pleted by PPL, Pala­mar said.

The tree care­givers worked hard to place the trees into the struc­tural soil, which helps the trees grow bet­ter un­der ur­ban con­di­tions.

“This will drain very well and col­lect soil,” Jane Kruse, a mem­ber of the Shade Tree Com­mis­sion, said.

Each tree is placed in a tree pit, a 4-by-4-foot area for the tree within the struc­tural soil. On ei­ther side is 5 feet of soil ex­tend­ing out­ward un­der the ce­ment.

Be­fore plac­ing the trees in the tree pit, Kruse pruned the roots to give the tree a fight­ing chance at sur­vival.

“We should not take it out again that will hurt the tree. It’s a bare root tree. It has del­i­cate roots,” Diana Beau­sang, a mem­ber of the Shade Tree Com­mis­sion, said when it was no­ticed there was twine still on the tree branches.

The twine was cut us­ing a pruner.

Vol­un­teers had to use shov­els and a pick­axe to loosen the soil, which was then placed over the roots of the tree. When they were done, Kruse and oth­ers stomped on the soil to get rid of any air bub­bles that can form in be­tween the rocks.

Phil Lamb, con­crete fore­man with Doug Lamb Con­struc­tion Inc., said the con­crete work is sched­uled for com­ple­tion this week.

DAVID MCKE­OWN / STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER

Jerry Bow­man, left, Schuylkill Haven, and Jane Kruse, Pottsville, plant a miyabe maple tree in Garfield Square, Pottsville, on Tues­day.

DAVID MCKE­OWN / STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER

Matt Wood, left, Pottsville, and Jerry Bow­man, cen­ter, Schuylkill Haven, plant a miyabe maple tree in Garfield Square, Pottsville, on Tues­day.

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