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Help Grow the City’s Tree Canopy: Plant A Tree (at a Reduced Rate)

September 08, 2015

Have you been thinking about planting a tree in your yard? The city is offering the opportunity to buy a shade tree at a reduced price for your private yard.

“Now is the time to take action this year,” said Chris Perry, the city’s unit manager in the division of forestry, noting the upcoming Sept. 15 deadline.

The city of Lakewood offers a program that helps residents purchase and plant shade trees at a reduced cost for their private yards. Residents can purchase the tree and have it professionally planted in their desired yard location at a reduced rate.

As part of the city’s contract with the Greenleaf Group, residents have through Sept. 15 to contract with the company to buy a shade tree — and have it professionally planted — at the same price the city pays. Mention that you are part of the city’s Shade Tree Purchase Program.

The city’s forestry department and Lakewood Tree Task Force have developed a comprehensive strategy to improve the tree canopy and add diversity to the variety of species around the city.

But residents also have a role in repopulating the city’s urban forest.

“Residents can leave an important legacy, putting roots down in Lakewood,” added Perry. “We need residents’ help to grow our urban tree canopy.”

Unlike the prior two years, the private planting program is for both planting seasons this year — spring and fall. The goal of the program is to increase the city’s overall tree canopy, so the program is limited to shade tree selections; no fruit trees or real small ornamental trees are part of the program.

All trees will be professionally planted using approved methods by the Ohio Department of Natural Resources’ Division of Forestry and the Ohio Nursery and Landscape Association. All trees come with a one-year warranty.

To select a tree and place an order, contact the Greenleaf Group at 330-441-6326 or email