Planting New Life Downtown

South Milwaukee’s busiest downtown street, 10th Avenue, is getting 50 new trees.

From the memo by our city engineer …

As part of various public works projects starting in 2008, 54 tree grates were constructed around existing green ash trees planted circa 1988. Given the age, size and condition of the trees, and EAB, replacement has been contemplated for several years, with the exception of 2 oak trees, 2 ginkgos, and 1 maple. Removal was considered earlier this year, however the dry weather conditions hampered any planting. Asplundh Tree Expert Company was able to proceed much quicker than expected to remove trees and perform stump grinding.

A contract has been authorized with Johnson’s Nursery for installation of 50 trees within the existing tree grate locations. Seven varieties of trees have been recommended by Johnson’s. (State Street Maple, Autumn Fantasy Maple, Kentucky Coffeetree, Tuliptree, Japanese Tree Lilac, Cathedral Elm and New Horizon Elm.) …

Planting a variety of species is common practice so all trees are not affected if a disease or insect becomes prevalent (such as ash borer). Planting during the dormant period is also common practice, and trees are scheduled to be planted by the week of November 28th.

I am happy we’re able to make this investment in the look and feel of our downtown — and this investment in our urban forest.

Our current budget includes funds for continued removal of trees affected by emerald ash borer, and others that are dead or dying, and  the proposed budget — the subject of a public hearing tonight and more council debate on Tuesday — includes $25,000 to develop a plan for an improved  urban forestry program.

This downtown planting is a good start. I wonder when the last time the city planted 50 trees at once — if ever.



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3 responses to “Planting New Life Downtown

  1. Cory peterson

    Good to hear. They probably cut down a lot more than 50 trees though, another thing they’ve probably never done at once. There are lots of stumps around. A good step in the right direction. Thanks again for all the effort

  2. Bryce Ruddock

    Tulip trees (Liriodendron tulipferum) can get extremely large with age. When they do flower the spent blooms can be messy as they actually are as large as a tulip flower. The Kentucky coffee (Gymnocladus dioicus) trees have large pods with very large seeds and again these will prove to be a cleanup problem. I suggest asking them for some alternative species to plant than those two. Keep the species diverse so as to minimize any future disease issues.

    • Ryan

      Are these trees being planted where there could be potentially new streetscaping in the future? If so how will these trees be affected by any new plans for the street?

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