Roslindale Green & Clean Plants Trees

Thanks to Mahoney’s Garden Centers and a host of volunteers, Roslindale Green & Clean is helping to increase the tree canopy in Roslindale.

On Saturday, October 22nd, Roslindale Green & Clean planted eight trees in front or side yards in Roslindale, free of charge to the recipients. Street trees generally have short lives because of a combination of road salt, crowded roots, girdling, lack of water, soil compaction due to foot traffic, and other harsh city conditions. Roslindale Green & Clean funded the planting of trees within sight of the public but on private properties where owners would agree to water and care for them. Trees were purchased at a substantial discount from Mahoney’s Garden Centers, who generously offered to deliver the trees to each of the eight locations as well as to provide a bag of compost and mulch for each site.

Trees planted include serviceberry (Amelanchier canadensis), pin oak (Quercus palustrus), tree lilac (Syringa reticulata ‘Ivory Silk’), stewartia (Sewartia pseudocamellia), hawthorn (Crataegus viridis), and katsura (Cercidiphyllum japonicum). Funds from the proceeds of the 2010 Roslindale Garden Tour were used to purchase and plant the trees.

Volunteers Kit Ganshaw and Sue Pfeiffer from the staff at Arnold Arboretum donated their planting labor and expertise to the task. The effort was organized by Maggie Redfern, Treasurer of Roslindale Green & Clean. Other RG&C volunteers included Ricardo Austrich, Jeff Chasin, Nancy Leask, Sydney Balise, Jon Goodhue, Sheryl White, and Diane Carter Duggan.

Roslindale Green & Clean is now accepting applications for spring 2012 tree plantings. If you would be willing to water and care for a tree, and you have a yard that is in public view, you may be eligible to have us plant a tree free of charge. Click here for an application.