Bay residents can celebrate Arbor Day with a free tree

Green Team volunteers Dan Krieg, left, and Steve Slane, along with Dan’s six-year-old son James, plant an Eastern Redbud tree in a Bay Village yard.

The Bay Village Green Team has obtained 10 Eastern Redbud (Tennessee Pink variety) trees to plant for Bay residents. The trees are approximately three feet tall and will be provided to the first 10 Bay residents who contact Dan Krieg at 440-808-0429. The trees are free, although donations are appreciated. Any donations will be used to purchase more trees for future plantings. And, Bay Village Green Team volunteers will plant the tree for you free of charge!

Last year, residents and city leaders graciously volunteered their yards and Green Team members were able to plant over 30 seedling trees. This year, the Eastern Redbuds that are available will grow into a flowering yard feature that aids in beautifying our neighborhoods, improving the diversity of our woodlands and controlling storm water runoff. These trees are expected to leaf out over this summer. Brotzman's Nursery in Madison, Ohio, sourced the affordable Eastern Redbuds this year and offered them at cost ($16/tree) to the Green Team.

Please help us celebrate our second annual Community Tree Planting by volunteering your yard to have an Eastern Redbud planted. Eastern Redbud was chosen as our primary tree to be planted for its compact but colorful presence. Ten years from now, we envision Bay residents enjoying these trees and appreciating the sustainable efforts of our community.

The Green Team also has limited quantities of Black Cherry, Spicebush and American Plum seedlings. More details on the various types of trees offered by the Green Team are available on the Arbor Day Foundation website, arborday.org, or the Ohio Department of Natural Resources, ohiodnr.com/forestry.

Brenda OReilly

Co-Chair of the Bay Village Green Team

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Volume 5, Issue 8, Posted 11:11 AM, 04.16.2013