Annual tree canopy maintenance will be done in September and October. The Parks, Recreation and Tourism Department has contracted the work to a tree specialist.
This year’s project scope includes pruning of all trees from Academy to Pendleton streets, to rid them of dead wood and mistletoe as well as provide clearance for buildings, street lights and tree structures. The large willow oaks in this corridor will be treated with a growth regulator that will provide a denser canopy to better withstand drought and insect attack, as well as provide more energy for root production. In addition, all of the trees will be treated with Transect, a systemic insecticide that is applied as a bark spray at the base of the tree.
The contractor will plan to work north of Court Street in the mornings and south of Court Street in the afternoons. This will require temporary closure of parking bays to set up lift trucks and stage debris.