This past Saturday morning, in partnership with the Western Pennsylvania Conservancy’s TreeVitalize program, NMRWA planted thirteen new street trees in Wilkinsburg and Regent Square.
Our wonderful volunteers enjoyed breakfast at the NMRWA office before the tree planting demonstration. Then they headed off to plant trees! The trees planted ranged in size from small understory trees, such as serviceberries which grow to about 20 feet tall, to a large London planetree, which can grow to 60 feet!
Even though these trees have now been successfully transplanted, their success is not guaranteed! Slowly trickling twenty gallons of water per week into the root ball during the growing season is important to the young tree’s establishment – the general rule is that it takes one year per inch trunk diameter for the tree to become established. If drought conditions exist, even more water per week may be necessary to ensure survival. For trees planted during the fall like these, one heavy watering after the leaves fall off is sufficient for winter preparation.
After all thirteen trees were planted, volunteers enjoyed lunch back at the NMRWA office. Thank you to WPC staff and all our volunteers for helping us introduce new stormwater stewards to the watershed!