After a year-long hiatus, Windsor’s Communities-in-Bloom (CIB) and Tree Canopy Committee have decided to launch an Adopt-A-Tree program for Windsor residents.
It’s hoped this initiative could help to get more trees planted where needed and alleviate the maintenance problem.
The CIB group has planted more than 500 trees over the last six years but the Town of Windsor’s budget for maintenance continues to be very limited. The CIB says the limited resources impacts the results for survival and the establishment of what has been planted.
In the early years, watering, fertilizing and pruning are important for the healthy development of a tree.
This year, tree supplier John Stuart, of Gasperaux Farms, is donating 100 good-sized trees, 30 of which will be planted in the gaps where trees were lost on Cole Drive, Payzant Drive and Wentworth Road, and new ones for the entrance to Fort Edward Mall along Empire Lane to provide linkage to Wentworth Road.
Committee member Jeff Redden has offered to allow homeowners to sign up for approximately 70 trees at the Windsor Home Hardware store.
CIB offers these trees for free provided the homeowner is committed to plant and maintain the trees and will located them either on town property or just inside the homeowners’ property between the road, sidewalk or curb.
Trees will be available at the Windsor Public Works Department. There will be about five different species available for homeowners to choose from.
Interested homeowners should sign up for these free trees at Home Hardware or contact committee members Liz Galbreath, Bill Butler, Stan Kochanoff, Troy Burgess or Redden.
For anyone needing assistance, Kochanoff, a longtime arborist, has offered to provide guidance on location and planting.
The committee would like to have the tree plantings completed by the middle of May.