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  1. What is going on with the trees in Olde Sawmill?

  1. What is going on with the trees in Olde Sawmill?

    The neighborhood (as well as most of the state of Ohio) has been impacted by the Emerald Ash Borer insect. You can read more about this bug here. Olde Sawmill was home to a large number of ash trees. This insect infects ash trees and kills them. The city of Columbus began in the fall of 2011 marking ash trees to be removed in Olde Sawmill and the rest of the city. All trees that were marked for removal were done so with a blue 'X' on the trunk. In the spring of 2012 the city began to remove these trees. In addition to removal the city will be planting new trees in the place of the ones removed. The city aims to finish removal of the trees in the fall of 2012.

    Here are a few tips for those of you that have recieved your new street trees from the city of Columbus

    1. Water - The new trees need to be watered once per week for up to 3 yrs with 10 gallons of water added at a slow, “trickling” rate. During the extreme heat – watering twice a week is recommended. Some ideas for watering:
      • 5 GALLON BUCKET - drill 1/16" to 1/8" hole (add holes to adjust the flow rate - 6" apart) in the side about 1" off the bottom. Fill and set beside your tree. Repeat as necessary.
      • 1 GALLON MILK JUGS - fill and invert into mulch. Repeat as necessary.
    2. Mulch - The trees were initially mulched. Do not add mulch without removing the old. Do not pile mulch too high or into a “volcano.”
    3. Stakes - The contractors will remove the stakes next spring (after one year). Residents should NOT remove them and should report stakes that have been stolen.
    4. Plastic Tubes - The black plastic tubes protect the delicate trunks against weed eaters, lawn/weed chemicals and dogs. The contractors will remove these next spring but residents can remove them if they choose.
    There are three scheduled inspections that the city will perform on the new trees:
    1. Initial - the will be performed right after the tree was planted to validate that the work was done
    2. Mid Season - All trees have a one year warranty, this inspection will be roughly 6 months after planting. Dead trees maybe replaced at this time.
    3. Final Inspection - This inspection will be performed at the end of the one year warranty period. Dead or sick trees will be replanted.