Granville Tree and Landscape Commission
November 20, 2018
Present: Don Hostetter, chairman; Lynne Kishler, Dick Mortensen, Don Pheneger
Guests: Jeremy King, Denison University; Tyler Stevenson, ODNR
Minutes of the October 9, 2018 meeting were distributed and approved.
The five open tree sites in front of businesses on East Broadway have been excavated and the soil prepared for planting by the Services Department. Two Autumn Blaze Maples, one Zelkova, one Silver Linden, and one London Plane Tree will fill the five sites. The smaller open site in front of Aladdin’s restaurant is compromised with utilities as well as being near a free-standing sign. At this point, it is felt the spot is unsuitable for a tree, and would be better used for another type of landscaping.
The data and documentation is being prepared for Mollie Prasher to complete our application for Tree City USA which is due December 7th to urban forester Lisa Bowers. Don Hostetter directed us to send our individual volunteer hours for 2018 to Mollie.
Our fall tree planting list of 42 trees will be planted in December by Mike Flood/Albyn’s Nursery. Fourteen trees will be planted at Wildwood playground. Tyler Stevenson asked about the preparation of the tree sites near the playground as the construction phase greatly disturbed and compacted the soil. Don H. will advise Mike Flood that extra soil preparation may be needed for the trees to be successful. Tyler also commented that the elms planned for the playground area will need to be pruned as elm trees grow quickly and need young tree pruning.
In addition to the trees to be planted in the business district sites, other species to be planted include Tulip Poplar, Sweet Gum, Sugar Maple, Japanese Tree Lilac, Yellowwood, Paperbark Maple, Spring Snow Crabapple, Hedge Maple, Sweetbay Magnolias, Red Horse Chestnut, Black Maple, Red Bud, American Elm, Star Magnolia, and Kousa Dogwood. The list shows a support of diversity in our urban trees.
Lynne Kishler gave a brief recap of the Fall Urban Forestry Conference held November 1, 2018 at the ODNR Central Office in Columbus.
Jeremy King reported that large Honey Locust trees were planted on the A Quad at Denison University. New landscaping work will be done at Monomoy Place and also on the hillside above East College near North Plum St. They are working with the Department of Fish and Wildlife to incorporate no-mow zones that will attract pollinators. Soil testing will be conducted.
The next meeting will be December 11, 2018 at 7:00 pm.