Adopt-A-Tree applications available

Findlay’s annual Adopt-A-Tree program has applications available for fall planting.
Designed to reforest particular parts of the city and keep Findlay attractive and shaded, city residents are eligible to “adopt” trees for $25 each and plant them in pre-approved city rights of way.
This year, trees can also be planted in public tree lawns, described as the area between the street and five feet past the public right of way.
Trees that have been selected for this program include:
• Small trees, which reach no taller than 25 feet at maturity — Red Bud, Spring Snow Crabapple and Japanese Tree Lilac.
• Medium, which grow no taller than 40 feet at maturity — Persian Ironwood, Katsura Tree and Paperbark Maple.
• Large, which grow taller than 40 feet — Ginkgo, Hackberry and Zelkova.
Small trees require a five-foot tree lawn and at least 20 feet from the nearest tree. They are good for placing under overhead utility lines.
Medium trees must have a six-foot tree lawn and be at least 30 feet from the nearest tree.
Large trees must have a 10-foot tree lawn and be at least 40 feet from the nearest tree.
All trees must be planted 35 feet from any street corner, measured from the point nearest the intersecting curbs or curb lines; 10 feet from any fire hydrant or streetlight; five feet from any water meter or manhole; four feet from underground utilities lines and other utilities; and eight feet from curb cuts and street signs.
No public tree, other than those species referred to as small trees, may be planted under or within 25 lateral feet of any overhead utility wire.
Prior to submitting an application, residents should call the Ohio Utilities Protection Services at 1-800-362-2764, or 8-1-1, to ensure the planting location they are considering doesn’t have underground utilities.
Applications are due by Aug. 15. They can be found online at http://bit.ly/1jVNYVy, and at the mayor’s office in the Municipal Building at 318 Dorney Plaza, Room 310.
A commission member will contact all applicants for a site inspection and review of tree choice.
Tree pickup will be Oct. 4 from 9 to 11 a.m. at the Findlay Street Department, 330 N. Cory St., in the rear. Payment must be made in cash or check, and is due at pickup.
All planted trees will remain the property of the city. Planting, watering, mulching and ongoing care, including pruning, will be the property owner’s responsibilities.
The Findlay Shade Tree Commission has also developed a tree planting plan to strategically combat damage wrought by the Emerald Ash Borer and 2012 wind storm.
Targeted areas include: South Main Street east to the railroad tracks and Lima Street south to Sixth Street; from Lima Avenue south to Lake Cascades Parkway, and South Main Street west to Western Avenue; and in the Sherman Park neighborhood.
The most suitable and largest trees will be planted in those places.
For more information about the Adopt-A-Tree program, call the mayor’s office at 419-424-7137.

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