Wednesday, August 01, 2007

Woodsman, Spare That Tree!

This morning on the way to the Metro the Growler was shocked to see what looked like a City contractor planting trees on the public right of way on West Street.

As an ardent gardener, the Growler can tell you that trees are best planted in the fall when the weather is cooler.


Who would conceive of planting trees in August during a drought and on a day when temperatures are expected to make it into the mid-90s? Who is going to make sure these poor saplings are watered several times a week while they are becoming established? One of the West Street trees was already looking stressed at 9:30 AM and its leaves were drooping and curling.

Incidentally, some 10 days ago the Growler noticed that the trees the City recently planted in the two pocket parks were already in a bad way. The Cranky One will check their status again on the way home from Metro, but considering their condition at the time they are likely to be on their last gasp right about now.

If the City's behind it, it's a colossal waste of money, especially if it becomes necessary to replace the dead trees with new saplings.